Mexico's NASCAR champ hopes to take next step
Quiroga on all-out quest for sponsorship in order to run for KBM in Truck SeriesBy David Caraviello, NASCAR.COM
Inside the cockpit, wedged between a steering wheel and a molded driver's seat, the challenges loom like speed traps on an interstate highway. There's the race truck itself, which is taller and boxier and punches a much bigger hole in the air than the stock cars he is more accustomed to. There are the tracks, most of which are larger and faster and feature more banking than the 1-mile layouts that dominate the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series. There is the communication -- how tight is "tight," actually? -- which can be a hurdle for any driver, not to mention one for whom English is a second language.
But for all that, the driving is the easy part. Everything else about Germ??n Quiroga's attempt to make it at NASCAR's national level -- a venture that began almost literally with knocking on doors, and has progressed to a sponsorship search for the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule -- is more difficult by comparison."
My goal is to really show that NASCAR Mexico has the potential to export drivers to the United States, and also to open the door to those drivers in the national series." -- GERMAN QUIROGA
"When we have the sponsor, it's going to be easier. It's going to take something out of my life," Quiroga said recently. "Right now, I have to keep working."
The 31-year-old native of Mexico City won 15 races and three consecutive championships in the Mexico Series, and is trying to use that success as a springboard into the Truck Series ranks with Kyle Busch Motorsports, for whom he ran two races in the No. 51 last season. As with everything these days, the quest for sponsorship is a never-ending headache, and Quiroga and KBM hope to have the driver's 2012 plans firmed up sometime next week. In the meantime, the work continues for a savvy and personable driver who wants to become the latest from NASCAR's international ventures to make it at the sport's national division in America.