It was an incredible first season for ARRIS Racing! From the beginning at Daytona to the close in Homestead (Miami), Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez brought excitement to the track and put the ARRIS name front and center with race fans.
At the Homestead finale this past weekend, Kyle Busch of the Joe Gibbs Racing team completed one of the most amazing comebacks in all of sports, recovering from injuries suffered on the eve of the Daytona 500 this past February to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
Carl Edwards started in the seventh position and showed early speed as he drove his way into second by lap 20. Edwards remained in the top five through the halfway mark of the race before a caution that immediately followed a round of green flag pit stops. The ARRIS team would elect not to pit and Edwards would restart from the lead when many of the other leaders came down pit road for fresh tires. He fought to get back into the top ten the remainder of the evening before finishing 11th. He would finish his first season with JGR with two wins and fifth in overall points.
For Daniel Suarez, hard work clearly paid off. A rookie year that began with disappointment at Daytona International Speedway concluded with jubilation at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the 23-year-old driver battled back from a pit road penalty to record his 18th top-10 finish of the season, capturing the Sunoco Rookie of the Year crown and a fifth-place finish in the championship standings in the process.
Daniel added another accolade to his resume Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway – the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. Daniel is the first Mexican driver and second Drive for Diversity graduate to win this award in a NASCAR national series.
The 2016 NASCAR season will begin once again with the running of the Great American Race from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 21.