NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series

The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series (formerly NASCAR Mexico Corona Series, NASCAR Corona Series, NASCAR Toyota Series and NASCAR Mexico Series) is a NASCAR series in Mexico. It is the most prestigious stock car racing series in the country.

NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series
NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series logo
CategoryStock Cars
CountryMexico
United States
Inaugural season2004
ManufacturersChevrolet
Ford
Toyota
Mazda
Tire suppliersGeneral Tire
Drivers' championAbraham Calderón
Teams' championJimmy Morales
Makes' championToyota
Official websitewww.nascarmexico.com
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Origins (Desafío Corona)

The Desafío Corona was established in 2004 by NASCAR Mexico, a joint-venture between NASCAR and Mexican entertainment group OCESA, with the idea of developing stock car racing in Mexico, and fueling a transition from the country's historically Open-wheel car racing fan base to stock car racing.[1]

From 2004 to 2006, the Desafío Corona grew considerably in infrastructure, as well as in number of fans, drivers and sponsors.

Present

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NASCAR Corona Series logo, 2007–2010
NASCAR Corona Series PxT
NASCAR Corona Series logo, 2011
NASCAR Toyota Series
NASCAR Toyota Series logo, 2012–2014
NASCAR Mexico Series logo
NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series logo, 2017

The NASCAR Mexico Corona Series was officially presented at the 2006 Desafío Corona award ceremony. Starting in 2007, NASCAR is the sanctioning body of the series.[2] As of 2012 the series was renamed the NASCAR Toyota Series[3]

The series is one of three NASCAR-sanctioned international series, the others are the NASCAR Pinty's Series and the NASCAR Euro Racecar Series. Following North American short-track racing trends to cut costs and unify rules among different tours, NASCAR is considering changes to the Canadian Tire and Corona Series where the two series adopt the Grand National rules as to allow the competitors to use the same cars in NASCAR Grand National Division races.

The winner of the Corona Series received an invitation to the UNOH Battle at the Beach, formerly the Toyota All-Star Showdown. All other drivers may also attempt to qualify by entering the heat races.

2016 Hiatus

After the end of the 2015 season, the series was suspended supposedly due to the fact that organizers of the series wanted to instead support the Formula One Mexican Grand Prix, which had just been revived for 2015. Several of the teams and drivers that participated in the series moved to the Super Copa Telcel "V8" series.

2017 Return

In October 2016 it was announced that the series would return with new sponsorship from PEAK Antifreeze, with an exhibition race that December to be followed by a full 2017 season.[4]

Mexico Series tracks

In its 14 seasons, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series has used 16 tracks in 14 venues (two in Santiago de Querétaro and two in San Luis Potosí). Currently, six oval tracks are used, only Autódromo Monterrey is a road circuit. Three tracks have been used in two configurations. Autódromo Monterrey long and frijol, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in NASCAR Nationwide and oval, Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in a 2.75 km layout and oval.

Autódromo Potosino is the shortest track (0.804 km) and Autódromo Monterrey the longest (3.4 km).

San Luis Potosí is the venue with more races (31, 29 in Autódromo Potosino and 2 in Parque Tangamanga II)

NASCAR Mexico had powered the construction of oval tracks in México, Autódromo Potosino was remodeled in 2001, Aguascalientes,[5] Chiapas,[6] Querétaro[7] had new tracks for NASCAR events. In 2012, a speedway in Chihuahua was scheduled for inauguration.[8]

For 2013, a race in the Southwestern United States was held: a 75-lap, 75-mile (122 km) race at Phoenix International Raceway during the NASCAR Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend.

Venue Tracks Races Last
San Luis Potosí Autódromo Potosino
Autódromo San Luis 400
31 2018
México City Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 28 2018
Puebla Autódromo Miguel E. Abed 25 2018
Querétaro Autódromo del EcoCentro
Autódromo de Querétaro
24 2018
Guadalajara Trióvalo Bernardo Obregón 19 2018
Aguascalientes Autódromo de Aguascalientes 17 2018
Monterrey Autódromo Monterrey 17 2018
Tuxtla Gutiérrez Autódromo Chiapas 13 2018
Zacatecas Autódromo de Zacatecas 8 2009
Chihuahua El Dorado Speedway 6 2018
Phoenix Phoenix International Raceway 3 2015
León Autódromo de León 3 2017
Torreón Autódromo Dinamita 1 2004
Pachuca Autódromo Moises Solana 1 2017

Cars

NASCAR Corona Series
Corona Series cars

In the first season, only General Motors (through its Pontiac division) and Dodge participated in the series.[9] Ford made its debut in 2005 with its Mustang model,[10] but since 2006, the Fusion is the Ford model entry.[11] In 2009, Toyota started its participation with its Camry. The Mazda 6 was first entered in 2010.[12] As with the other NASCAR divisions in the United States, Dodge subsequently pulled its factory support and no longer participates in the Mexican series.

Along with the other international series and K&N Pro Series East and West, the Mexico Series has General Tire as an exclusive tire supplier.[13]

Most wins

Rank Manufacturer Wins Races % Wins
1 Japan Toyota 70 124 56.4%
2 United States General Motors 41 208 19.7%
3 United States Ford 38 194 19.5%
4 United States Dodge 21 196 10.7%
5 Japan Mazda 14 71 19.7%

Specifications

  • Chassis: Steel tube frame with safety roll cage, must be NASCAR standards.
  • Engine Displacement: 5.7 L (5,700 cc) (350 in³) V8.
  • Transmission: 4 Speed Manual.
  • Weight: 2,680 lb (1,216 kg) Minimum (without driver).
  • Power Output: 400 hp.
  • Torque: 394 ft⋅lbf (534 N⋅m).
  • Fuel: 98 octane unleaded gasoline provided by Pemex.
  • Fuel capacity: 15 US gal (57 L).
  • Fuel delivery: Carburetion.
  • Compression ratio: 9.3:1.
  • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated.
  • Wheelbase: 107 in (2,718 mm).
  • Tires: Slick tires provided by General Tire.
  • Length: 205.25 in (5,213 mm).
  • Width: 74 in (1,880 mm).
  • Height: 52 in (1,321 mm).
  • Safety equipment: HANS device, Seat belt.

Champions

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Germán Quiroga, three-time champion (2009–11)

Six drivers have won the championship. The Telcel team is the most successful with four drivers' championships. Antonio Pérez, Sergio Pérez's brother, is the youngest champion (22 years old), and Rafael Martínez the eldest. (45 years old).[14] Only, Germán Quiroga has won the title in three occasions.

Season Driver Owner(s) No. Manufacturer Starts Wins Top 10s Poles Points (margin)
2004 Carlos Pardo 6 Pontiac 14 4 12 2 2326 (69)
2005 Jorge Goeters Ramiro Fidalgo 18 Pontiac / Dodge 14 4 4
2006 Rogelio López Pontiac / Dodge 14 5 7
2007 Rafael Martínez Ramiro Fidalgo 18 Ford 14 5 7
2008 Antonio Pérez Jimmy Morales 1 Dodge 14 5 2 2182 (29)
2009 Germán Quiroga Mónica Morales 2 Ford 14 3 12 4 2273 (276)
2010 Germán Quiroga Mónica Morales 2 Dodge 14 3 11 2 2173 (150)
2011 Germán Quiroga Mónica Morales 2 Dodge 14 3 12 2 2272 (286)
2012 Jorge Goeters Ramiro Fidalgo 31 Mazda 14 2 12 0 539 (34)
2013 Rodrigo Peralta Denisse Guaida 24 Ford 14 1 11 0 1198 (8)
2014 Abraham Calderón Monica Morales 2 Dodge/Toyota 15 0 11 1 1200 (9)
2015 Rubén García, Jr. Juan Pablo Garcia 88 Toyota 15 3 12 3 1213 (18)
2017 Abraham Calderón Jimmy Morales 2 Toyota 12 5 9 1 468 (27)
2018 Rubén García, Jr. Juan Pablo García 88 Toyota 12 3 12 2 452 (23)

Rookie of the Year

Season Driver Car Team
2004 Mexico Ignacio Alvarado Pontiac Alvarado Racing
2005 Mexico Patricio Jourdain Ford Motorcraft Racing
2006 Mexico Antonio Pérez Pontiac Escudería Telmex
2007 Mexico Mike Sánchez Chevrolet MAG Paper
2008 Mexico Irwin Vences Ford FCV Racing
2009 Mexico Alejandro Capín Chevrolet MT Sport Marketing
2010 Mexico Daniel Suárez Dodge SC Racing/Equipo Telcel
2011 Mexico Enrique Contreras III Dodge Fénix Racing Team
2012 Mexico Rubén García, Jr. Toyota SC Racing
2013 Mexico Santiago Tovar Toyota
Chevrolet
2014 Mexico Rodrigo Marban Toyota Patricia Marban (owner)
2015 Mexico Manolin Gutierrez Ford H&H HighSpeed
2017 Mexico Enrique Baca Chevrolet
Toyota
Jimmy Morales (owner)

Series winners

List of winners

Updated after 2018 México City (December 2, 2018)

Key
Driver is currently racing in the 2018 season
Italics NASCAR Mexico Champion
Rank Driver Wins First Last
1 Aguascalientes Rogelio López 25 2004 Guadalajara 2 2017 San Luis Potosí 1
2 Nuevo León Rafael Martínez 19 2005 Guadalajara 2 2013 Querétaro 2
3 Mexico City Germán Quiroga 17 2004 San Luis Potosí 1 2011 Aguascalientes 2
4 Mexico City Homero Richards 15 2009 Guadalajara 2018 Monterrey
4 Mexico City Rubén Rovelo 15 2008 Guadalajara 1 2018 Puebla 2
6 Mexico City Jorge Goeters 13 2004 México City 1 2012 Monterrey 2
7 Jalisco Antonio Pérez 12 2007 Monterrey 2 2013 San Luis Potosí 2
8 Mexico City Carlos Pardo 10 2004 Torreón 2009 Puebla 1
8 Nuevo León Daniel Suárez 10 2012 México City 1 2014 Aguascalientes 2
8 Mexico City Irwin Vences 10 2013 México City 2 2018 Chiapas 1
11 Nuevo León Abraham Calderón 8 2013 Phoenix 2018 México City
12 Mexico City Rubén Pardo 7 2004 Querétaro 2 2015 Phoenix
12 Mexico City Rubén García Jr. 7 2013 Aguascalientes 1 2018 Querétaro
14 Mexico City Patrick Goeters 5 2005 México City 1 2013 Puebla 2
15 Mexico City José Luis Ramírez 3 2010 Chiapas 2 2017 Puebla 2
16 Mexico City Carlos Contreras 2 2004 Guadalajara 1 2004 Querétaro 1
16 Mexico City Freddy Tame Jr. 2 2006 Puebla 3 2007 Querétaro 1
16 Mexico City Hugo Oliveras 2 2009 Querétaro 1 2012 México City 2
16 Mexico City Rodrigo Peralta 2 2013 Aguascalientes 2 2015 Querétaro 1
20 Nuevo León César Tiberio Jiménez 1 2004 Monterrey 2004 Monterrey
20 Jalisco Fernando Plata 1 2006 San Luis Potosí 1 2006 San Luis Potosí 1
20 Mexico City Ricardo Pérez de Lara 1 2008 Zacatecas 2008 Zacatecas
20 Argentina Waldemar Coronas 1 2008 Querétaro 2 2008 Querétaro 2
20 Nuevo León Héctor Aguirre 1 2013 Mexico City 1 2013 Mexico City 1
20 Mexico City Luis Felipe Montano 1 2014 México City 1 2014 México City 1
20 Mexico City Santiago Tovar 1 2015 Aguascalientes 1 2015 Aguascalientes 1
20 Jalisco Pepe González 1 2015 México City 2 2015 México City 2
20 Mexico City Michel Jourdain Jr. 1 2017 León 2017 León
20 Mexico City Xavi Razo 1 2017 México City 2017 México City
20 Jalisco Salvador de Alba, Jr. 1 2018 Guadalajara 2 2018 Guadalajara 2

University of Northwestern Ohio Battle at the Beach

Mexico Series champions are invited to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown (now the University of Northwestern Ohio Battle at the Beach). In 2011 Daniel Suárez, Germán Quiroga and Rubén Rovelo took part. They finished in 11th, 12th and 30th, respectly.[15]

The 2012 Series champion, along with international counterparts in Canada and Europe, will be invited to participate with an automatically exempt entry in any of the three divisions (Late Model, K&N Pro, Whelen Modified) in the Battle at the Beach, which will be held a week and a half before the series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Year Race Venue Driver Start Finish
2007 Toyota All-Star Showdown Irwindale Mexico City Ruben Pardo 29 21
2008 Toyota All-Star Showdown Aguascalientes Rogelio López 16 13
Jalisco Antonio Pérez 40 31
2009 Toyota All-Star Showdown Jalisco Antonio Pérez 8 18
2010 Last Chance Mexico City Ruben Rovelo 1 9
2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown Nuevo León Daniel Suárez 12 11
Mexico City German Quiroga 25 12
Mexico City Ruben Rovelo 19 30
2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach Daytona Mexico City Jorge Goeters 26 13

Female drivers

To date, three women have started a NCS race. Mara Reyes scored a pole position in her first race.

Driver Season Entries Starts Wins Top 10
Mexico Mara Reyes 2004–2005 28 28 0 20
Mexico Leslie González 2005 1 1 0 0
Mexico Estefania Reyes 2007, 2010–2011 21 17 0 0

Others NASCAR series

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Scott Riggs, the most successful driver in NASCAR that raced in NTS.

Some drivers have taken part in Xfinity Series action, but only Jorge Goeters, Scott Riggs, and Daniel Suarez have raced in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Rubén Pardo and Rogelio López have won in the K&N Pro Series East; while Daniel Suárez have won in both the K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 2016, Suárez won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2017 and 2018, he moved to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving No. 19 for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2019, he moved to the No. 41 driving for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers

Five drivers have raced both the NASCAR PEAK Mexico and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Driver Seasons Cup Starts Mexico Series Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Mexico Jorge Goeters 2004–Present 1 138 13 55 87
Mexico Daniel Suárez 2009–2014 72 76 10 26 39
United States Scott Riggs 2010 208 1 0 0 0
United States Cody Ware 2014 9 1 0 0 0
United States Kevin O'Connell 2015 1 1 0 0 0

References

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  2. ^ "El Desafío Corona será en 2007 Nascar-México". La Jornada. December 8, 2006.
  3. ^ "La Temporada 2012 Será NASCAR Toyota Series". NASCAR México. February 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "NASCAR returns to Mexico for 2017 with new sponsor PEAK". Las Vegas Sun. Las Vegas, NV. 18 October 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  5. ^ "El óvalo de Aguascalientes: 1.4 km". ESTO. March 11, 2009.
  6. ^ "Inauguran con gran éxito Autódromo Chiapas; más de 20 mil aficionados en la 13a. fecha de la NASCAR". Instituto de Comunicación Social de Chiapas. October 13, 2008. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Impresiona el Autódromo". ESTO. March 8, 2008.
  8. ^ "El Dorado Speedway, nuevo óvalo NASCAR en México". NASCAR Europe. December 19, 2011. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "Mopar – Seman Baker seguirá teniendo los únicos autos Dodge en el Desafío". Sportcar. June 23, 2004.
  10. ^ "Ford entra al Desafío Corona con el Mustang 2005". Sportcar. January 25, 2005.
  11. ^ "El Ford Fusion corre en los Stock Cars". Sportcar. February 2, 2006.
  12. ^ "Mazda de México participará en la NASCAR Corona Series". Portal Automotriz. April 9, 2010.
  13. ^ "General Tire to Serve as Exclusive Tire Supplier For NASCAR's K&N Pro Series, Pinty's Series and PEAK Mexico Series". NASCAR Home Tracks. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  14. ^ "Conquista Rafael Martínez título en Nascar". Milenio. November 16, 2008.
  15. ^ "Suarez almost at the top ten; Rovelo in an accident at the Toyota All-Star". Escuderia Telmex. January 30, 2011.
2017 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series

The 2017 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series was the tenth season of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and the thirteenth season organized by NASCAR Mexico. It was the first season with PEAK as the series' title sponsor. It began with the Difrenosa 120 at Autódromo Monterrey on March 26 and concluded with the Gran Premio FedEx at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on November 12. Rubén García Jr. entered the season as the defending Drivers' Champion. Abraham Calderón won his second career championship.

2017 in NASCAR

In 2017, NASCAR sanctioned three national series and six touring series.

2018 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series

The 2018 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series was the eleventh season of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and the fourteenth season organized by NASCAR Mexico. It began with the Gran Premio Difrenosa at Autódromo Monterrey on 25 March and concluded with the Gran Premio FedEx at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on 2 December. Abraham Calderón entered the season as the defending Drivers' champion. Rubén García Jr. won the championship, nineteen points in front of Irwin Vences.

2019 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series

The 2019 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will be the twelfth season of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and the fifteenth season organized by NASCAR Mexico. It will begin with the Gran Premio ARRIS at Autódromo Monterrey on 31 March and conclude at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on 1 December. Rubén García Jr. entered the season as the defending Drivers' champion.

Abraham Calderón

Abraham Calderón is a Mexican racecar driver from Monterrey. He currently drives the No. 2 ARRIS Toyota in the NASCAR Mexico Series. In 2014 he won the Toyota Series championship; previously he had already won the 2006 NASCAR Mexico T4 Series championship.

Antonio Pérez (racing driver)

Antonio Pérez (born 20 March 1986) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver. He last competed in the NASCAR Mexico Series, driving the No. 1 Toyota for Jimmy Morales. He is the 2008 NASCAR Corona Series champion.

Autódromo Miguel E. Abed

The Autódromo Internacional Miguel E. Abed is a racing track located in the town of Amozoc, 30 kilometres (18.64 mi) east of the city of Puebla in the Mexican state of the same name.The track has a capacity for 42,500 People.

Carlos Contreras (racing driver)

Carlos Contreras (born June 8, 1970) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver and crew chief. He was the first Mexican-born driver racing full-time in any NASCAR national series. He has competed in the Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) and Busch Series (now Xfinity Series).

Carlos Pardo

Carlos Alberto Pardo Estévez (September 15, 1975 – June 14, 2009) was a Mexican stock car racing driver from Mexico City. He was the first driver to win the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series championship.

Enrique Baca

Enrique "Tatita" Baca (January 30, 1996) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, driving the No. 9 for Alpha Racing-Rolcar Motorsport.

Enrique Contreras III

Enrique Contreras III (born May 22, 1992) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver. He has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and most notably, NASCAR Mexico Series. He is the son of former Indy Lights racer Enrique Contreras II and nephew of NASCAR driver Carlos Contreras.

Germán Quiroga

Germán Quiroga Jr. (born May 28, 1980) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver. In 2011, he became the first three-time NASCAR Corona Series champion.

Homero Richards

Homero Richards (born June 8, 1976) is a Mexican race car driver from Mexico City. Richards won back-to-back championships in the Panam GP Series (Latin American Formula Renault championship), in 2004 and 2005. He made his first and only Champ Car World Series start in 2005 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

In 2006, he switched from open-wheel to stock cars, and started to compete in the NASCAR Corona Series. He drove the #20 Nextel car for H&H Racing, a team he co-owns with his brother Horacio. In 2014, he switched from Nextel to AXTEL M Racing team. He now races for Escudería Grupo TOP in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series

List of NASCAR drivers

The following is a list of drivers who are currently competing in a series sanctioned by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

List of developmental and minor sports leagues

This article contains a list of developmental and minor sports leagues: two concepts which are largely restricted to North American sports. Note that this does not include teams in leagues that include promotion and relegation.

NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. Its three largest or National series are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Regional series include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, the Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty's Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. NASCAR has presented races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, and the Calder Park Thunderdome in Australia. NASCAR also ventures into eSports via the PEAK Antifreeze NASCAR iRacing Series and a sanctioned ladder system on that title.

The privately owned company was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948, and Jim France has been CEO since August 6, 2018. The company's headquarters is in Daytona Beach, Florida. Internationally, its races are broadcast on television in over 150 countries.

NASCAR Mexico

NASCAR Mexico is a joint-venture between NASCAR and OCESA, a Mexican entertainment company, aiming to develop, manage and operate local motorsports events and oversee television distribution, sponsorship and licensing.

The venture attempts to create marketing programs to increase interest in local NASCAR events as well as NASCAR events in the United States that are televised in Mexico.

NASCAR Mexico had been responsible for the organization of the Corona México 200, a former NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.

It also organizes and sanctions two racing series, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and the NASCAR Mexico T4 Series.

The series experienced its first fatality on June 14, 2009 when Carlos Pardo was killed in an accident on the final lap. Pardo was declared the winner of the same race he was killed in after he led the final completed lap.

Rodrigo Peralta

Rodrigo Peralta (born March 22, 1988) is a former Mexican stock car racing driver. Peralta won the 2013 NASCAR Toyota Series championship by eight points over Daniel Suarez. He competed in 58 NASCAR Mexico series races between 2010 and 2015. During his NASCAR career, Peralta won 2 races, had 25 top ten finishes, and 1 pole position.

Rubén García Jr. (racing driver)

Rubén García Jr. (born November 21, 1995) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 6 Toyota Camry for Rev Racing.

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