NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series

The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series (formerly NASCAR Corona Series and other names) 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.png
CategoryStock Cars
CountryMexico
United States
Inaugural season2004
ManufacturersChevrolet
Ford
Toyota
Mazda
Dodge
Tire suppliersGeneral Tire
Drivers' championRubén Rovelo
Makes' championFord
Teams' championAlessandros Racing
Official websitewww.nascarmexico.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

Origins (Desafío Corona)Edit

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.

PresentEdit

 
NASCAR Corona Series logo, 2007–2010
 
NASCAR Corona Series logo, 2011
 
NASCAR Toyota Series logo, 2012–2014
 
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 Whelen Euro 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 Busch rules as to allow the competitors to use the same cars in NASCAR Busch Series 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 HiatusEdit

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 ReturnEdit

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]

Also in 2017 was created two supporter series of NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series: the NASCAR FedEx Challenge Series and NASCAR Mikel's Truck Series.

Mexico Series tracksEdit

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 (34, 32 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
34 2020
Puebla Autódromo Miguel E. Abed 30 2020
Querétaro Autódromo del EcoCentro
Autódromo de Querétaro
30 2020
México City Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 29 2019
Guadalajara Trióvalo Bernardo Obregón 21 2019
Aguascalientes Autódromo de Aguascalientes 21 2020
Monterrey Autódromo Monterrey 18 2019
Tuxtla Gutiérrez Autódromo Chiapas 14 2019
Zacatecas Autódromo de Zacatecas 8 2009
Chihuahua El Dorado Speedway 7 2019
Phoenix Phoenix International Raceway 3 2015
León Autódromo de León 3 2017
Torreón Autódromo Dinamita 1 2004
Pachuca Autódromo Moises Solana 1 2017

CarsEdit

 
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, the K&N Pro Series East and West, and the ARCA Menards Series, the Mexico Series has General Tire as an exclusive tire supplier.[13]

Most winsEdit

Rank Manufacturer Wins Races % Wins
1   Toyota 83 148 56.1%
2   Ford 48 218 22.0%
3   General Motors 41 220 18.6%
4   Dodge 22 208 10.6%
5   Mazda 14 71 19.7%

SpecificationsEdit

  • 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.

ChampionsEdit

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

Six drivers have won the championship. The Telcel team is the most successful with four drivers' championships. Rubén García, Jr. is the youngest champion (20 years old), and Rafael Martínez the eldest. (45 years old).[14] Germán Quiroga has the most championships to his name at 3.

Season Driver Owner(s) No. Manufacturer Starts Wins Top 10s Poles Points (margin)
2004 Carlos Pardo Telcel Sun Motorola 6 Pontiac 14 4 12 2 2326 (69)
2005 Jorge Goeters Ramiro Fidalgo 18 Pontiac / Dodge 14 4 4 2320 (48)
2006 Rogelio López Carlos Slim 48 Pontiac / Dodge 14 5 7 2204 (75)
2007 Rafael Martínez Ramiro Fidalgo 18 Ford Fusion 14 7 12 3 2250 (4)
2008 Antonio Pérez Jimmy Morales 1 Dodge 14 5 12 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 García 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)
2019 Rubén García, Jr. Juan Pablo García 88 Toyota 12 4 11 2 496 (21)
2020 Rubén Rovelo Alessandros Racing 28 Ford 12 5 11 0 522 (14)

Rookie of the YearEdit

Season Driver Car Team
2004   Ignacio Alvarado Pontiac Alvarado Racing
2005   Patricio Jourdain Ford Motorcraft Racing
2006   Antonio Pérez Pontiac Escudería Telmex
2007   Mike Sánchez Chevrolet MAG Paper
2008   Irwin Vences Ford FCV Racing
2009   Alejandro Capín Chevrolet MT Sport Marketing
2010   Daniel Suárez Dodge SC Racing/Equipo Telcel
2011   Enrique Contreras III Dodge Fénix Racing Team
2012   Rubén García, Jr. Toyota SC Racing
2013   Santiago Tovar Toyota
Chevrolet
2014   Rodrigo Marban Toyota Patricia Marban (owner)
2015   Manolin Gutierrez Ford H&H HighSpeed
2017   Enrique Baca Chevrolet
Toyota
Jimmy Morales (owner)
2018   Fabián Welter Toyota Jimmy Morales (owner)

Series winnersEdit

List of winnersEdit

Updated after 2020 Puebla 3 (December 18, 2020)

Key
Driver is currently racing in the 2020 season
Bold NASCAR Mexico Champion
Rank Driver Wins First Last
1   Rogelio López 25 2004 Guadalajara 2 2017 San Luis Potosí 1
2   Rubén Rovelo 23 2008 Guadalajara 1 2020 Querétaro 5
3   Rafael Martínez 19 2005 Guadalajara 2 2013 Querétaro 2
4   Germán Quiroga 17 2004 San Luis Potosí 1 2011 Aguascalientes 2
5   Homero Richards 15 2009 Guadalajara 2018 Monterrey
6   Jorge Goeters 13 2004 México City 1 2012 Monterrey 2
6   Rubén García Jr. 13 2013 Aguascalientes 1 2020 Querétaro 4
8   Antonio Pérez 12 2007 Monterrey 2 2013 San Luis Potosí 2
9   Abraham Calderón 11 2013 Phoenix 2020 Puebla 3
9   Irwin Vences 11 2013 México City 2 2019 Puebla 2
11   Carlos Pardo 10 2004 Torreón 2009 Puebla 1
11   Daniel Suárez 10 2012 México City 1 2014 Aguascalientes 2
13   Rubén Pardo 7 2004 Querétaro 2 2015 Phoenix
14   Salvador de Alba, Jr. 6 2018 Guadalajara 2 2020 San Luis Potosí 2
15   Patrick Goeters 5 2005 México City 1 2013 Puebla 2
16   José Luis Ramírez 3 2010 Chiapas 2 2017 Puebla 2
17   Carlos Contreras 2 2004 Guadalajara 1 2004 Querétaro 1
17   Freddy Tame Jr. 2 2006 Puebla 3 2007 Querétaro 1
17   Hugo Oliveras 2 2009 Querétaro 1 2012 México City 2
17   Rodrigo Peralta 2 2013 Aguascalientes 2 2015 Querétaro 1
17   Santiago Tovar 2 2015 Aguascalientes 1 2019 Chiapas
22   César Tiberio Jiménez 1 2004 Monterrey 2004 Monterrey
22   Fernando Plata 1 2006 San Luis Potosí 1 2006 San Luis Potosí 1
22   Ricardo Pérez de Lara 1 2008 Zacatecas 2008 Zacatecas
22   Waldemar Coronas 1 2008 Querétaro 2 2008 Querétaro 2
22   Héctor Aguirre 1 2013 Mexico City 1 2013 Mexico City 1
22   Luis Felipe Montaño 1 2014 México City 1 2014 México City 1
22   Pepe González 1 2015 México City 2 2015 México City 2
22   Michel Jourdain Jr. 1 2017 León 2017 León
22   Xavi Razo 1 2017 México City 2017 México City

University of Northwestern Ohio Battle at the BeachEdit

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   Rubén Pardo 29 21
2008 Toyota All-Star Showdown   Rogelio López 16 13
  Antonio Pérez 40 31
2009 Toyota All-Star Showdown   Antonio Pérez 8 18
2010 Last Chance   Rubén Rovelo 1 9
2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown   Daniel Suárez 12 11
  German Quiroga 25 12
  Rubén Rovelo 19 30
2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach Daytona   Jorge Goeters 26 13

Female driversEdit

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
  Mara Reyes 2004–2005 28 28 0 20
  Leslie González 2005 1 1 0 0
  Estefania Reyes 2007, 2010–2011 21 17 0 0

Other NASCAR seriesEdit

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

Some drivers of NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series have taken part in Xfinity Series and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series action, but only Jorge Goeters and Daniel Suárez have both raced in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. Scott Riggs, Cody Ware, Kevin O'Connell all of them only made one start in PEAK Mexico Series but also had run in both series. Rubén Pardo, Rogelio López and Rubén García Jr. have won in the K&N Pro Series East; while Daniel Suárez have won in the K&N Pro Series East, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In 2016, Suárez won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2017 and 2018, he moved to the NASCAR Cup Series driving No. 19 for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2019, he moved to the No. 41 driving for Stewart-Haas Racing before moving to the No. 96 driving for Gaunt Brothers Racing, then moved to the No. 99 for Trackhouse Racing Team.

NASCAR Cup Series driversEdit

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

Driver Seasons Cup Starts Mexico Series Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
  Jorge Goeters 2004–Present 1 150 13 60 98
  Daniel Suárez 2009–2014 143 76 10 26 39
  Scott Riggs 2010 208 1 0 0 0
  Cody Ware 2014 23 1 0 0 0
  Kevin O'Connell 2015 1 1 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

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  15. ^ "Suarez almost at the top ten; Rovelo in an accident at the Toyota All-Star". Escuderia Telmex. January 30, 2011.