Trackhouse Racing brands Daniel Suarez and crew’s poor execution in 2023 ‘unacceptable’
Daniel Suarez had a disappointing 2023 season that saw him finish 19th in the championship.
Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain (Via IMAGO)
The 2023 season was underwhelming for Justin Marks Trackhouse Racing. They saw a huge drop in form as the 2022 Championship contenders were struggling to stay at the top before a turnaround at the end of the year. They ended the season with two race wins from Ross Chastain, which included the season finale win.
While Chastain was able to produce some moments of brilliance, his teammate Daniel Suarez was struggling. The lack of proper execution saw them finishing the season winless and out of the last 16. In most of the races they had fast cars this season, either the driver or the No:99 Chevy Camaro ZL1 crew made mistakes in situations that demanded proper execution.
Trackhouse Racing’s president Ty Norris discussed the No:99 team 2023 season ad and had some brutally honest opinions about it. He admitted that the execution from the side was unacceptable. Suarez finished the season with just ten Top 10 finishes and he finished P20 or worse in 18 Cup races this season, in a car capable of running in the top-20s comfortably.
We’re addressing a handful of things around that team, and the raw speed was there. The execution this past year was way off. And that execution could have happened in adjustments, it could have happened on a pit stop, it could have happened on a choice on a restart. A lot of things. The execution this year on the 99 was unacceptable, quite honestly.Norris said, as reported by Heavy.com.
Ty Norris details Trackhouse Racing’s expectations with Daniel Suarez in 2023
Norris went on to point out that the team will address all the issues around the No:99 team to make them better in the 2024 season. He wants Suarez and his team to get back to their 2022 form that saw them securing a win and almost getting into Playoff R-8. It’s the position he expects them to be in next season.
Ultimately, what we do believe is that we can get back to the 2022-level performance with that team where we’re winning races, making the playoffs, and one mechanical failure away from making the final eight, and that’s a good year for the 99, and that’s something we need to get back to.
Delivering these results will be vital for the Mexican driver as he has a target on his back. He might get replaced if the poor form continues. Trackhouse has signed Zane Smith and Shane van Gisbergen in a development contract with big plans for the future and the team will always choose Chastain over Suarez if they find themselves in such a situation.
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