Tony Stewart says SHR ‘getting closer’ with Suarez’s 2020 status

Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart says that the organization is getting closer to bringing Daniel Suarez back to its No. 41 Ford next season, though a deal has not been made final.

“You know, it’s just a matter of trying to get this deal done and see if we can put it all together,” Stewart said Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, one day after his induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. “He’s worked really hard; we’re working hard at it. I think we’re getting closer, but it’s not done yet obviously.”

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Suarez is rounding out his first season with SHR, and he ranks 18th in Monster Energy Series points after missing the playoff cut. Friday, Suarez expressed some frustration with the timing of the negotiations, but said he held hopes that a deal could be completed.

“We are not in the perfect situation,” Suarez said between Friday’s practices at the 1.5-mile track. “I wish two months ago we were done with all this stuff. You never know. Fortunately or unfortunately, who knows, I have been in this situation for the last couple of years. Everything will be fine. We just have to work out a couple of things sponsor-wise and hopefully everything will fall in place.”

Stewart-Haas Racing has made a series of renewals for 2020 in recent weeks, most recently signing Clint Bowyer on Oct. 17 to return to the No. 14 Ford next year. Aric Almirola and sponsor Smithfield were re-signed to the No. 10 Ford on Oct. 10, and Rodney Childers confirmed on Oct. 7 a contract extension that would keep him paired with Kevin Harvick as the crew chief of the No. 4 Ford.