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).
Contreras at Road America in 2014
|Born||June 8, 1970|
Mexico City, Mexico
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|35 races run over 6 years|
|Best finish||30th (2014)|
|First race||2003 1-800-Pitshop.com 300 (California)|
|Last race||2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|75 races run over 6 years|
|Best finish||14th (2011)|
|First race||1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (California)|
|Last race||2016 DC Solar 350 (Las Vegas)|
|NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series career|
|76 races run over 6 years|
|Best finish||16th (2010)|
|First race||2008 Race No. 1 (Querétaro)|
|Last race||2013 Mexico Final 200 (Mexico City)|
|Statistics current as of October 1, 2016.|
Contreras made his first Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) attempt in 2002 with the Hispanic Racing Team. Driving the No. 09 Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami he was unable to break into the field. He would his debut in 2003 with Jay Robinson Racing. At California Speedway, Contreras put the No. 49 Ford in the field and finished in the 26th position. He also made one start for Innovative Motorsports at Homestead-Miami. He drove the No. 48 Chevrolet to a 17th-place finish. In 2005 he would return to the Busch Series with Fitz Motorsports. He drove the No. 40 Dodge in five races and the No. 12 Dodge in one race. His best finish would come at Homestead-Miami, where he would finish 25th. For the 2006 season, Contreras has again returned to Fitz Motorsports where he has competed in races with the No. 12 team and the No. 14 team. He best finish on the season is an 11th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
He debuted at the 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at California Speedway with the No. 68 Dodge. Contreras would drive the car to a 14th-place finish in his first race. In 2000, he competed in the full season for Impact Motorsports in No. 12 Dodge. He has two top tens during the season and finished 17th in points. He moved to Petty Enterprises in 2001. He would again post two top tens on the season and move up to 14th in the overall points standings. For the 2002 season, Contreras returned with to the series with Petty Enterprises and again turned in another solid season. He would post one top ten on the season and would rank 16th in the overall point standings. He made his return to the Truck Series in 2010 after it was renamed the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 00 Chevy for the 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the first time since 2002, finishing 14th.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Carlos Contreras.|
- "NASCAR Making Strides in Drive for Hispanic Diversity". University of Central Florida. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- "NASCAR Drivers Statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- "Carlos Contreras, NASCAR's Original Diversity Driver and Rick Ware Racing Team Up for Daytona". Catchfence.com. Rick Ware Racing. February 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
- Carlos Contreras driver statistics at Racing-Reference