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NASCAR Driver Becomes American Citizen In Charlotte

The American Dream. It's a concept that has not only changed over the years but continues to morph as society does. For some, it's to own his/her own home and raise a family. For others, it's to become wealthy. And for some, like NASCAR's Daniel Suarez, it's to become a citizen of the greatest country in the history of man, The United States of America. Where Is Daniel Suarez From? Daniel Suarez was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. And if you think he was born into Mexican aristocracy, you would be woefully mistaken. His childhood was spent in poverty and instilled in him a burning desire for a better life. He tells WCNC, "If you asked me 12 years ago 'Are you going to be a U.S. citizen?' I would have said 'I just want to speak English. It's one step after the other. My advice [to others seeking citizenship] is to work hard and surround yourself with the right people. I will never take this for granted because I know how much it cost me to get here and to get these opportunities. This group of people was able to accomplish the same thing that I did and it's very special." Where Did Daniel Suarez Become A US Citizen? The group that Daniel Suarez is referring to is the 48 people, representing 28 nations that took part in the ceremony at the Charlotte office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. They are part of some 9000 people who becomes citizens in that office each year. Who Was There To Support Daniel Suarez? Among those in attendance to support Daniel Suarez in the ceremony was NASCAR President, Steve Phelps who remembers a much different Daniel Suarez than we all know today. "When I first heard of Daniel Suárez... he didn't speak a word of English, but he didn't give up," Phelps said. "[His] resilience pushed him to learn the English language... by watching cartoons!"

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