After winning his third consecutive NASCAR Mexico Series championship in 2011, Germán Quiroga believed that he had accomplished all of his goals racing in his homeland and was ready to embark on a new journey. The 32-year-old driver, who had gotten a taste of American NASCAR at the end of the 2011 season, driving two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), packed his bags and moved to Charlotte in February, despite the fact that he did not have anything secured for the 2012 season.
In July, after several months of patiently waiting for his chance to drive, the move paid off when KBM announced that prepaid wireless provider NET10 Wireless® had committed to sponsor Quiroga in a four-race schedule. The Mexico City native will make his first of four starts this weekend in the fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
"I've given my entire life to this opportunity and I have to thank NET10 Wireless and KBM for their trust in me," said Quiroga, a 16-time winner in the NASCAR Mexico Series. "We need to be a great team together and if we can have a successful four races, I'm hopeful that will lead to securing a full season for 2013."
Although he has been anxious to get behind the wheel of his No. 51 NET10 Wireless Tundra, Quiroga will have to display continued patience on the track to have a successful 2012 debut. A typical track in the NASCAR Mexico Series is about one mile in length, so the 2.66-mile Alabama superspeedway will be like nothing he has ever seen before.
"My first goal is to finish," said Quiroga, who was approved to run superspeedway races in the Truck Series after competing in races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon - a one-mile oval- and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway - a mile-and-a-half Tri-oval - last season. "If you want to win, first you have to finish the race. We were able to finish the two races last year -- and we did fairly well -- but I expected a little bit more. I am definitely looking to try and finish in the top 10 at Talladega and if I can take care of my truck until the end of the race, maybe a win can come to us."
The talented driver will be equipped with all the support necessary to be successful this weekend. He'll have Rick Ren - the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history - atop his pit box, Kurt Busch - the 2004 champion in NASCAR's premier division - as a teammate and Kyle Busch - winner of 105 races across NASCAR's top three divisions - as an owner. When push comes to shove at Talladega on Saturday, the steering wheel will be in Quiroga's hands and to 'net' a top-10 finish for his new sponsor, patience will be a virtue.