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Mexican teen to make Nationwide debut at Phoenix

February 27, 2014, Staff report,

Parlays NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series success into national series ride

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Ruben Garcia Jr., the 2012 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series rookie of the year and a race winner last year on the circuit, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

SR2 Motorsports will field the No. 24 Toyota to the 18-year-old second-generation driver from Naucalpan, Mexico.

His father, Ruben Garcia, made nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts from 1984 to 1988 at Riverside International Raceway. His best finish was 14th in the 1985 fall race. He also ran 44 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races from 1979 to 1988, winning two races at Mesa Marin Raceway.

Garcia Jr. isn't a stranger to Phoenix. In 2013, he started 11th and finished third in the first NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race at the track. It was one of three top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes on the season as he finished fourth in the series points standings.

"I can't believe this is finally happening, it seems like it's all a dream," stated Garcia Jr. "I know and fully understand that I must take everything in a calm and responsible manner during the race weekend. My biggest goal right now is to enter and finish the race and attain as much time behind the steering wheel as I can. I know that the results will come with time."

The NASCAR Nationwide Series Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives will be Saturday at 3:45 p.m. ET on ABC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Garcia Jr. also will run the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series Toyota 120 on Friday at 9 p.m. ET on mun2.


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