NASCAR Whelen Euro Series unveils the provisional calendar for the 2021 season yesterday, showcasing an all road course calendar consisting of 14 races in 7 rounds and NASCAR GP Croatia being added to the schedule in place of NASCAR GP Netherlands at the oval in Raceway Venray.
After a tough 2020 season which saw multiple high-profile rounds being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is ready for a return to normality next year as the provisional schedule of the 2021 season was released yesterday.
2021’s season schedule will feature a total of 7 rounds and 28 races, with a record 14 races being scheduled for each class. The 2021 schedule is highlighted by an all road course line-up consisting of old and new venues, including one venue that only got the opportunity to host a round this year as a result of a last minute schedule change.
“We are very proud of this 2021 calendar which visits some of the best circuits in Europe and offers a great diversity of layouts for our teams and drivers to showcase their skills!” declared NWES President/CEO Jerome Galpin in the official announcement.
“With all our track partners, we hope to come back to a normal sanitary situation and to be able to organize great American festivals to welcome thousands of fans sharing our passion for pure racing and American culture. We are strongly determined to continue to offer one of the best racing shows in Europe on and around the track!”
Croatia’s Automotodrom Grobnik, which made its series debut last weekend as a last minute replacement for Autodrom Most, has been rewarded with a slot in the provisional calendar as the NASCAR GP Netherlands at Raceway Venray will not be retained in the 2021 calendar despite Venray having a contract to host a EuroNASCAR round until 2022.
The 2021 season will be starting with the usual season opening round, the Valencia NASCAR Fest, at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Valencia’s return to the season opener slot after being slotted as the season finale doubleheaders this year meant that Valencia will be hosting three consecutive rounds, a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten.
American Festival of Rome at Vallelunga is moved one position back as the second round of the 2021 season, marking a return to Italy’s recent traditional date after it became the season opening round of 2020.
NASCAR GP Czech Republic at Automodrom Most is once again placed as the third round of the season as the American SpeedFest has been confirmed to be placed as the fourth round of 2021, having previously confirmed that they’ll be moving the SpeedFest one month back to coincide with the American Independence Day.
American Fan Fest at Hockenheim now moves to a mid-July date as Rijeka get itself a September date as the sixth and final non-Playoff round of the season. Last weekend’s inaugural NASCAR GP Croatia at Rijeka, which was organized in just two weeks, is notable for having thousands of fans visiting Rijeka to spectate the race from the outer perimeters of the track – A showcase of Croatian race fans’ huge interest to the series.
Finally, Circuit Zolder returns to its traditional date as the season finale round after it became the second round this year. Next year’s edition of NASCAR GP Belgium is planned to be the sole double-points Playoff round of 2021.
2021 SEASON PROVISIONAL CALENDAR
|ROUND (RACE)||DATE||RACE NAME||CIRCUIT|
|1 (1)||17 April||NASCAR GP Spain – Valencia NASCAR Fest||Circuit Ricardo Tormo|
|1 (2)||18 April|
|2 (3)||15 May||NASCAR GP Italy – American Festival of Rome||Autodromo di Vallelunga|
|2 (4)||16 May|
|3 (5)||19 June||NASCAR GP Czech Republic – Autodrom Most NASCAR Show||Autodrom Most|
|3 (6)||20 June|
|4 (7)||3 July||NASCAR GP UK – American SpeedFest VIII||Brands Hatch Indy Circuit|
|4 (8)||4 July|
|5 (9)||17 July||NASCAR GP Germany – American Fan Fest||Hockenheimring National|
|5 (10)||18 July|
|6 (11)||18 September||NASCAR GP Croatia||Automotodrom Grobnik|
|6 (12)||19 September|
|7 (13)||9 October||NASCAR GP Belgium – EuroNASCAR Finals||Circuit Zolder|
|7 (14)||10 October|
Disclaimer: Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard.