Through his sponsor Cataclean, British driver Daniel Rowbottom has announced that he will be making his debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as the PRO class driver of Hendriks Motorsport’s No. 7 Ford Mustang team.
Yesterday, it was officially announced that 31-year old British driver Daniel Rowbottom has joined Hendriks Motorsport to compete in the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season with the No. 7 Ford Mustang team.
Rowbottom’s arrival to Hendriks was teased by Hendriks on 4 September when the team posted a photo of the No. 7 Mustang hood as shown above, showcasing the Cataclean sponsorship that Rowbottom brought to the team this year.
“I am excited about this as it is all new,” said Rowbottom in the official announcement. “It is a new type of car, it is rear-wheel drive which is new to me and the circuits are new as well, so there is a lot to learn.”
Rowbottom competed in BTCC last year with Ciceley Motorsport and was initially planned to continue to drive for Ciceley again this year before a last-minute change saw Jack Butel being announced as his replacement driver at Ciceley days before the 2020 BTCC season started.
Rowbottom will be replacing Martin Doubek as the PRO class driver of the No. 7 Hendriks team and as mentioned before, he will be bringing in sponsor from Cataclean. Holley, who handled distribution of Cataclean in the United States, will also join Hendriks as a sponsor of the No. 7 team. Doubek will continue to drive the No. 7 car in the EuroNASCAR 2 class.
Rowbottom has stated that he will be returning to BTCC if the time is right when he announced his leave from BTCC back at July, and the official announcement from Cataclean affirms the statement that he made back then.
“I’m not turning my back on the BTCC, but this [Euro Series] programme is allowing me to keep racing and gain valuable experience of a different type of car,” said Rowbottom.
Rowbottom, who had already tested the Euro Series cars during the Summer Camp, will be joining the likes of Patrick Lemarié, Bernardo Manfrè, Luigi Ferrara, Lasse Sørensen, Evgeny Sokolovsky, and Fabio Spatafora as drivers who will made their Euro Series full season debuts in the PRO class for 2020.
Disclaimer: Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of Daniel Rowbottom.