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.
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.
From 2004 to 2006, the Desafío Corona grew considerably in infrastructure, as well as in number of fans, drivers and sponsors.
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. As of 2012 the series was renamed the NASCAR Toyota Series
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.
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.
Also in 2017 was created two supporter series of NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series: the and .
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.
NASCAR Mexico had powered the construction of oval tracks in México, Autódromo Potosino was remodeled in 2001, Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Querétaro had new tracks for NASCAR events. In 2012, a speedway in Chihuahua was scheduled for inauguration.
|San Luis Potosí||Autódromo Potosino
Autódromo San Luis 400
|México City||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||28||2018|
|Puebla||Autódromo Miguel E. Abed||25||2018|
|Querétaro||Autódromo del EcoCentro
|Guadalajara||Trióvalo Bernardo Obregón||19||2018|
|Aguascalientes||Autódromo de Aguascalientes||17||2018|
|Tuxtla Gutiérrez||Autódromo Chiapas||13||2018|
|Chihuahua||El Dorado Speedway||6||2018|
|Phoenix||Phoenix International Raceway||3||2015|
|León||Autódromo de León||3||2017|
In the first season, only General Motors (through its Pontiac division) and Dodge participated in the series. Ford made its debut in 2005 with its Mustang model, but since 2006, the Fusion is the Ford model entry. In 2009, Toyota started its participation with its Camry. The Mazda 6 was first entered in 2010. As with the other NASCAR divisions in the United States, Dodge subsequently pulled its factory support and no longer participates in the Mexican series. The Mexican Series is the only NASCAR series that Chevrolet does not participate in.
- 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.
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). 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||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)|
Rookie of the Year
|2006||Antonio Pérez||Pontiac||Escudería Telmex|
|2009||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|
|2014||Toyota||Patricia Marban (owner)|
|Jimmy Morales (owner)|
|2018||Toyota||Jimmy Morales (owner)|
List of winners
Updated after 2019 México City (December 1, 2019)
|Driver is currently racing in the 2019 season|
|Bold||NASCAR Mexico Champion|
|1||Rogelio López||25||2004 Guadalajara 2||2017 San Luis Potosí 1|
|2||19||2005 Guadalajara 2||2013 Querétaro 2|
|4||18||2008 Guadalajara 1||2019 Puebla 2|
|3||Germán Quiroga||17||2004 San Luis Potosí 1||2011 Aguascalientes 2|
|4||Homero Richards||15||2009 Guadalajara||2018 Monterrey|
|5||Jorge Goeters||13||2004 México City 1||2012 Monterrey 2|
|6||Antonio Pérez||12||2007 Monterrey 2||2013 San Luis Potosí 2|
|7||11||2013 México City 2||2019 Puebla 2|
|7||Rubén García Jr.||11||2013 Aguascalientes 1||2019 Guadalajara 2|
|8||Carlos Pardo||10||2004 Torreón||2009 Puebla 1|
|8||Daniel Suárez||10||2012 México City 1||2014 Aguascalientes 2|
|9||Abraham Calderón||8||2013 Phoenix||2018 México City|
|10||Rubén Pardo||7||2004 Querétaro 2||2015 Phoenix|
|11||5||2005 México City 1||2013 Puebla 2|
|12||4||2018 Guadalajara 2||2019 Mexico City 2|
|13||José Luis Ramírez||3||2010 Chiapas 2||2017 Puebla 2|
|14||Carlos Contreras||2||2004 Guadalajara 1||2004 Querétaro 1|
|14||2||2006 Puebla 3||2007 Querétaro 1|
|14||2||2009 Querétaro 1||2012 México City 2|
|14||Rodrigo Peralta||2||2013 Aguascalientes 2||2015 Querétaro 1|
|14||2||2015 Aguascalientes 1||2019 Chiapas|
|15||César Tiberio Jiménez||1||2004 Monterrey||2004 Monterrey|
|15||1||2006 San Luis Potosí 1||2006 San Luis Potosí 1|
|15||1||2008 Zacatecas||2008 Zacatecas|
|15||1||2008 Querétaro 2||2008 Querétaro 2|
|15||1||2013 Mexico City 1||2013 Mexico City 1|
|15||1||2014 México City 1||2014 México City 1|
|15||1||2015 México City 2||2015 México City 2|
|15||Michel Jourdain Jr.||1||2017 León||2017 León|
|15||1||2017 México City||2017 México City|
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.
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.
|2007||Toyota All-Star Showdown||Irwindale||Rubén Pardo||29||21|
|2008||Toyota All-Star Showdown||Rogelio López||16||13|
|2009||Toyota All-Star Showdown||Antonio Pérez||8||18|
|2011||Toyota All-Star Showdown||Daniel Suárez||12||11|
|2013||UNOH Battle At The Beach||Daytona||Jorge Goeters||26||13|
Other NASCAR series
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.
NASCAR Cup Series drivers
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|
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- "El Desafío Corona será en 2007 Nascar-México". La Jornada. December 8, 2006.
- "La Temporada 2012 Será NASCAR Toyota Series". NASCAR México. February 16, 2012.
- "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.
- "El óvalo de Aguascalientes: 1.4 km". ESTO. March 11, 2009.
- "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.
- "Impresiona el Autódromo". ESTO. March 8, 2008.
- "El Dorado Speedway, nuevo óvalo NASCAR en México". NASCAR Europe. December 19, 2011. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012.
- "Mopar – Seman Baker seguirá teniendo los únicos autos Dodge en el Desafío". Sportcar. June 23, 2004. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
- "Ford entra al Desafío Corona con el Mustang 2005". Sportcar. January 25, 2005.
- "El Ford Fusion corre en los Stock Cars". Sportcar. February 2, 2006.
- "Mazda de México participará en la NASCAR Corona Series". Portal Automotriz. April 9, 2010.
- "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.
- "Conquista Rafael Martínez título en Nascar". Milenio. November 16, 2008.
- "Suarez almost at the top ten; Rovelo in an accident at the Toyota All-Star". Escuderia Telmex. January 30, 2011.