NASCAR Corona Series


NASCAR Corona Series
NASCAR Corona Series
NASCAR Corona Series PxT.jpg
Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 35
Country(ies)  Mexico
Most recent champion(s) German Quiroga
Official website www.nascarmexico.com

The NASCAR Corona Series (formerly NASCAR Mexico Corona Series) is a NASCAR series in Mexico. It is the most important stock car racing series in the country.

Contents

Origins (Desafío Corona)

The Desafío Corona was established in 2004 by NASCAR Mexico, a joint-venture between NASCAR and Mexican entertainment group OCESA, with the idea of developing stock car racing in Mexico, and fueling a transition from the country’s historically open-wheel racing fan base to stock car racing.[1]

From 2004 to 2006, the Desafío Corona grew considerably in infrastructure, as well as in number of fans, drivers and sponsors.

Present

NASCAR Corona Series logo, 2007-2010

The NASCAR Mexico Corona Series was officially presented at the 2006 Desafío Corona award ceremony. Starting in 2007, NASCAR is the sanctioning body of the series.[2]

The series is one of two NASCAR-sanctioned international series, the other one being the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Following North American short-track racing trends to cut costs and unify rules among different tours, NASCAR is considering changes to the Canadian Tire and Corona Series where the two series adopt the Grand National rules as to allow the competitors to use the same cars in NASCAR Grand National Division races.

The winner of the Corona Series receives an invitation to the Toyota All-Star Showdown. All other drivers may also attempt to qualify by entering the heat races.

Corona Series Series tracks

In the 8 seasons has been used 13 tracks in 11 venues (two in Santiago de Querétaro and two in San Luis Potosí). Currently 6 ovals tracks are used, only Autódromo Monterrey is a road circuit. Three tracks has been used in two configurations. Autódromo Monterrey long and frijol, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in NASCAR Nationwide and oval, Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in a 2.75 km layout and oval.

Autódromo Potosino is the shortest track (0.804 km) and Autódromo Monterrey the longest (3.4 km).

San Luis Potosí is the venue with more races (20, 18 in Autódromo Potosino and 2 in Parque Tangamanga II)

NASCAR Corona Series is located in Mexico
Guadalajara
Querétaro
Gómez Palacio
Apodaca
NCS venues. In green the former venues.
Venue Tracks Races Last
San Luis Potosí Autódromo Potosino
Autódromo San Luis 400
20 2011
México City Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 15 2011
Guadalajara Trióvalo Bernardo Obregón 15 2010
Querétaro Autódromo del EcoCentro
Autódromo de Querétaro
15 2011
Puebla Autódromo Miguel E. Abed 13 2011
Monterrey Autódromo Monterrey 11 2011
Zacatecas Autódromo de Zacatecas 8 2009
Tuxtla Gutiérrez Autódromo de Chiapas 6 2011
Aguascalientes Autódromo de Aguascalientes 5 2011
León Autódromo de León 2 2004
Torreón Autódromo Dinamita 1 2004

Cars

In the first season only General Motors, as Pontiac, and Dodge participated in the series[3]. Ford made its debut in 2005 with Mustang,[4] since 2006 Fusion is the car of Ford.[5] In 2009 Toyota started its participation with Camry. Mazda 6 entered in 2010.[6]

Most wins

Rank Manufacturer Wins Races % Wins
1 United States General Motors 45 106 42.5%
2 United States Ford 29 92 31.5%
3 Japan Toyota 13 35 37.1%
United States Dodge 104 12.5%
5 Japan Mazda 6 21 28.6%

Specifications

  • Chassis: Steel tube frame with safety roll cage, must be NASCAR standards.
  • Engine Displacement: 5.7 L (5,700 cc) (350 in³) V8.
  • Transmission: 4 Speed Manual.
  • Weight: 2,680 lb (1,216 kg) Minimum (without driver).
  • Power Output: 400 hp.
  • Torque: 394 ft·lbf (534 N·m).
  • Fuel: 98 octane unleaded gasoline provided by Pemex.
  • Fuel capacity: 15 US gal (57 L).
  • Fuel delivery: Carburetion.
  • Compression ratio: 9.3:1.
  • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated.
  • Wheelbase: 107 in (2,718 mm).
  • Tires: Slick tires provided by Goodyear.
  • Length: 205.25 in (5,213 mm).
  • Width: 74 in (1,880 mm).
  • Height: 52 in (1,321 mm).
  • Safety equipment: HANS device, Seat belt.

Champions

Rafael Martínez champion of the 2007 season

Six drivers has won the championship. Telcel team is the most succesful with three drivers championships. Antonio Pérez, Sergio Pérez's brother, is the youngest champion (22 years old), and Rafael Martínez the older (45 years old)[7]. Only, Germán Quiroga has won the title twice.

Season Driver Car Team
2004 Mexico Carlos Pardo United States Pontiac Equipo Telcel-Sun-Motorola
2005 Mexico Jorge Goeters United States Pontiac/United States Dodge Team GP
2006 Mexico Rogelio López United States Pontiac/United States Dodge Escudería Telmex
2007 Mexico Rafael Martínez United States Ford Team GP
2008 Mexico Antonio Pérez United States Dodge Escudería Telmex
2009 Mexico Germán Quiroga United States Ford Equipo Telcel
2010 Mexico Germán Quiroga United States Ford/United States Dodge Equipo Telcel

Rookie of the Year

Season Driver Car Team
2004 Mexico Ignacio Alvarado United States Pontiac Alvarado Racing
2005 Mexico Patricio Jourdain United States Ford Motorcraft Racing
2006 Mexico Antonio Pérez United States Pontiac Escudería Telmex
2007 Mexico Mike Sánchez United States Chevrolet MAG Paper
2008 Mexico Irwin Vences United States Ford FCV Racing
2009 Mexico Alejandro Capín United States Chevrolet MT Sport Marketing
2010 Mexico Daniel Suárez SC Racing/Equipo Telcel

Records

Most Wins

As August 7, 2011

Rank Driver Wins Races %Wins
1 Aguascalientes Rogelio López 19 78 24.4%
2 Mexico City Germán Quiroga 14 88 15.9%
Nuevo León Rafael Martínez 92 16.3%
4 Mexico City Jorge Goeters 11 91 12.1%
5 Mexico City Carlos Pardo 10 74 13.5%
6 Jalisco Antonio Pérez 9 78 11.5%
7 Mexico City Homero Richards 8 75 10.7%
8 Mexico City Rubén Rovelo 4 75 5.3%
Mexico City Rubén Pardo 78 5.1%
Mexico City Patrick Goeters 99 4.0%

Most Top tens

Rank Driver T10 Races %T10
1 Mexico Germán Quiroga 70 88 79.5%
2 Mexico Jorge Goeters 61 90 67.7%
3 Mexico Rafael Martínez 55 92 59.8%
4 Mexico Rogelio López 54 78 69.2%
5 Mexico Patrick Goeters 53 99 53.5%
6 Mexico Carlos Pardo 52 74 70.3%
7 Mexico Rubén Pardo 51 78 65.4%
8 Mexico Carlos Peralta 49 92 53.3%
9 Mexico Antonio Pérez 44 78 56.4%
10 Mexico Homero Richards 43 75 57.3%

Races

Rank Driver Races Seasons
1 Mexico Patrick Goeters 98 2004-2011
2 Mexico Rafael Martínez 91 2005-2011
Mexico Carlos Peralta 2005-2011
4 Mexico Jorge Goeters 90 2004, 2005, 2007-2011
Mexico Freddy Tame 2005-2011
6 Mexico Pepe Montaño 88 2005-2011
7 Mexico Germán Quiroga 87 2004, 2006-2011
8 Mexico Luis F. Montaño 85 2004-2011
9 Mexico Rubén Pardo 82 2004-2006, 2008-2011
Mexico Rafael Vallina 2004-2011

All-Star Showdown

NASCAR Corona Series drivers were invited to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Points leader Rafael Martínez did not participate despite having a guaranteed starting spot.

Only Antonio Pérez participated in the Showdown, barely making it into the feature race after earning the final starting spot by finishing 6th in the "Last Chance" qualifier. Pérez started 40th and finished 31st after losing several laps following an early wreck.

2006 Corona Series champion Rogelio López, currently racing in the Busch East Series, also participated in the Showdown and finished a respectable 13th.

In 2011 Daniel Suárez, Germán Quiroga and Rubén Rovelo took part. They finished in 11th, 12th and 30th, respectly.[8].

Female Drivers

To the date three women are started a NCS race. Mara Reyes scored a pole position in her first race.

Driver Season Entries Starts Wins Top 10
Mexico Mara Reyes 2004-2005 28 28 0 20
Mexico Leslie González 2005 1 1 0 0
Mexico Estefania Reyes 2007, 2010-2011 21 17 0 0

Others NASCAR series

Some drivers have take part in Nationwide Series, but only Jorge Goeters and Scott Riggs has raced in Sprint Cup, Rubé Pardo and Rogelio López raced in Busch East Series achievement victories.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Drivers

Driver Seasons Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Mexico Carlos Contreras 2003, 2005-2007 16 0 0 0
United States Marc Davis 2008-2011 10 0 0 0
Mexico Jorge Goeters 2005-2007 10 0 0 2
Mexico Patrick Goeters 2006 1 0 0 0
Mexico Rogelio López 2006, 2007 2 0 0 0
Mexico Rafael Martínez 2005, 2008 2 0 0 0
Mexico Carlos Pardo 2006 1 0 0 0
Mexico Rubén Pardo 2007, 2008 6 0 0 0
Mexico Antonio Perez 2007-2010 7 0 0 0
Mexico Germán Quiroga 2007 1 0 0 0
Mexico José Luis Ramírez 2005, 2008 2 0 0 0
Mexico Mara Reyes 2005 1 0 0 0
United States Scott Riggs 2002-2003, 2005-2011 91 4 19 35

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

Two drivers have raced both NASCAR Corona Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Mexico Jorge Goeters United States Scott Riggs

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