Piston Cup racer
- “Name's Danny bro.”
- —Daniel Swervez, Cars 3
In Cars 3, Daniel entered the 2016 Piston Cup season, as a last season replacement for Bobby Swift as the racer for Octane Gain for the last 2016 Piston Cup race. He competes against the likes of Lightning McQueen, Chase Racelott, Jackson Storm and many others, proving himself a worthy opponent. For most of the race, he is seen battling McQueen and Chase. Before McQueen crashes, he and Chase Racelott pass him. After the restart, he ends placing second behind Jackson.
During the 2017 Florida 500, he starts second, and remains in this position for most of the race. At some point, he takes the lead from Jackson Storm; When the race is almost over, Daniel is still in second. When Jackson becomes nervous of Cruz Ramirez ascending up the ranks, he slows down to try to discourage her, allowing Daniel to take the lead. Daniel looks at Jackson, confused, but then focuses on the race. Jackson retakes the lead after telling off Cruz. Daniel is passed by Cruz and ends up finishing the race in third. After the end of the Florida 500, he congratulates Cruz on her win.
Profiles and statistics
- "A next-gen racer who's ascending the Piston Cup ladder against all odds. A mid-season replacement, Daniel is a quick learner who pushes himself to the limit."
- "Danny Swervez is a young racer who rose up against all odds to quickly climb the Piston Cup ladder. He is focused, eager to learn, and set on pushing himself to overcome obstacles both on and off the track. Danny is new to the racing scene but is a quick learner who strives to be the very best. he came in halfway through the racing season to take the place of Bobby Swift."
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- Daniel's name is a pun from his US voice actor, Daniel Suárez, who is a professional NASCAR driver that won the championship of Xfinity Series (after the restart). Suárez's story is quite similar to his fictional counterpart, as both have replaced previous racers (Suárez took over the #19 car when Carl Edwards unexpectedly retired during the post-season of the 2016 season).
- He is the only next-gen racer voiced by a NASCAR driver that had not been interviewed in Cars 3.
- A natural instinct of Disney is to promote Daniel more than any other next-gen, even the other speaking ones. They make him come 2nd behind Storm, release more forms of toys of him besides just the Mattel Diecast, and release the Mattel die-cast in numerous Multi-Packs.
- He is The Only Next Gen Apart From Cruz and Storm we see in the lead.
- He is the second known Piston Cup racer that was not born/built in the United States, the first being Haul Inngas from Cars.
- Due to the NASCAR crossover his number is now 99, due to the fact in real life, his voice actor now drives the no.99 chevy for Trackhouse Racing Team.