Daniel Suárez happy to do double duty in Chicago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 06: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #36 Van Der Hagen Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series The Loop 110 at Chicago Street Course on July 06, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Ordinarily, full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suárez doesn’t get overly excited about opportunities to run races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he won a championship in 2016.

But that attitude doesn’t apply to the Chicago Street Course, where Suárez was eager to run both races this weekend.

The reason: the chance to get more “reps” on a track that is markedly different from all other NASCAR venues.

“If we were in Sonoma, Watkins Glen or any other race track, and I had the opportunity to run the Xfinity race, I may do it, I may not,” Suarez said. “I don’t know, like I would really have to think about it, because the cars are so different nowadays that it can be helpful or it can be hurtful.

“But here on a street course, I personally, don’t have a lot of experience on street courses. I’ve had three street courses, so far, in my career. So the more laps that I can get, the more reps that I can get at this track, I’m going to take it.

“With that being said, I have in my mind very clearly, that the cars are completely different; the transmission is going to be different and everything is going to be different… the brakes are going to be different. But the goal of this for me is to get some extra reps on a race track that I know is different than 99 percent of the schedule that we have in NASCAR.”