FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 2, 2000) - History was made on February 18, 1999 at Daytona International Speedway as Carlos Contreras crawled into the cockpit of the ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 2, 2000) - History was made on February 18, 1999 at Daytona International Speedway as Carlos Contreras crawled into the cockpit of the #12 Hot Wheels Dodge Ram truck.
It was on that day that he became the first Mexican native scheduled to compete in each NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race or any NASCAR series this year.
"This is very big," said the 29-year old competitor. "This is a historic event for me and for NASCAR. Now, we are in the books."
A racing celebrity in Mexico, Carlos is no stranger to the asphalt. Over the past 10 years, Contreras has been a front runner in every form of racing he competed in. He is a fan favorite and has won two Mustang Cup Championships - the "Winston Cup" of Mexico.
"NASCAR is the best series in the world - I am happy to be racing in the United States," said Contreras.
But the transition has not been easy for Contreras. "Every race I am learning and improving, we knew it would take time for me to adjust and get used to the trucks, so that was not a surprise."
Contreras feels good about the Pronto Auto Parts 400 in Texas next Friday. "It feels good going to a place where I know I have a lot of fans," said Contreras. "In some ways, Texas will feel like my home track in Mexico - or as close as we'll get to it."
Judging by his track record there, his competition in the truck series will need to watch out for this history maker.
Tickets for the Pronto Auto Parts 400 are still available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com, or at any Ticketmaster location.