When three-time NASCAR Mexico Series champion Germán Quiroga packed up his belongings and moved to North Carolina earlier this year, he knew that his journey would be filled with many challenges - both on and off the race track. As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads west to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, for Friday's WinStar World Casino 350, the 32-year-old driver will face perhaps the toughest challenge of his budding career in America NASCAR. His job will be to provide veteran crew chief Rick Ren with the feedback needed to get the balance of his NET10 Wireless® Tundra stable enough to run wide open for several laps around the blistering fast 1.5-mile oval.
"I think it's definitely going to be one of my biggest challenges," said Quiroga, a 16-time winner in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series. "I personally think that it might be a great result at the end of the weekend, but I've been in a lot of pressure lately and this will be one weekend where many eyes are going to be watching me to see if I can really do what I did in Talladega. Many eyes in Mexico and the support of my fans -- I really want to do well. I'm expecting to be calm by the race and just focus on all the little things that can mess up a race."
"Texas will be the fastest corner entry speed, turn the steering wheel and stay focused race track that Germán will go to," said Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) General Manager Rick Ren, who will serve as Quiroga's crew chief once again this weekend. "The main thing that we will need to work on for Friday is getting him comfortable driving into turn 1 -- you have to stay out by the wall and really turn the steering wheel into the corner at the same time as you are going through an elevation change. I think he'll have some success once he gets a few laps under his belt. Our trucks are always really good there, so if he has confidence in his ability and confidence in our race team, than we will be just fine."
Quiroga enters Friday's race beaming with confidence after his 2012 debut Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway resulted in his first career Truck Series top-10 finish. Making just his third career series start, the Mexico City native came from the 23rd starting position to finish eighth in the fred's 250. He'll have a confident bunch working behind him as well, as his No. 51 team visited victory lane with Denny Hamlin behind the wheel in last week's Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
With a confident team behind him and a fast NET10 Wireless Tundra underneath him, Quiroga will head wide open, deep into the heart of turn 1 at Texas Motor Speedway, 147 times Friday night, looking to 'net' his second consecutive top-10 finish.