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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rubén García Jr. claimed the season-long battle for Rookie of the Year honors for Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series.
As the son of veteran Toyota Series competitor Rubén García Novoa, the second-generation driver out of Naucalpan, Mexico has learned the lessons well. Competing this season at 16 years of age, García was coming off a dominating 2011 championship run in the Stock V6 Series – a developmental program for the Toyota Series.
García got out of the gate quickly in his first full season of competition in Mexico’s premiere racing series. He scored four top-10 finishes in the season’s first six events including a May 27 start from the pole position at Puebla, Mexico, but his battle with Juan Carlos Blum for the rookie title remained tight throughout the year. García, though, saved his best for last behind the wheel of his No. 88 HDI Seguros/Imagen Toyota with a season-best of third in the season finale at Mexico City to clinch the award.
When the smoke cleared García was the top-finishing rookie five times and finished 14th in the final championship point standings with one top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
Past drivers to win Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Toyota Series West include 2008 series champion Antonio Pérez and 2012 championship contender Daniel Suárez.
García will be recognized for this Rookie of the Year award along with the top newcomers from NASCAR’s six other touring series at the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.