Academy Motorsport is set to join the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series grid following the announcement that last year’s Club Challenge runner-up Federico Monti will be partnering with Alex Caffi Motorsport to form Academy Motorsport.

A new team is set to be joining the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series field after it was announced yesterday that Academy Motorsport will be entering the series this year.

Academy Motorsport is the brainchild of Federico Monti, who made his series debut last year in the Club Challenge division with Alex Caffi Motorsport / Race Art Technology. Monti, who finished second in Club Challenge last year, is ready to step up his game this year after he announced that he will be partnering with Alex Caffi to form Academy Motorsport.

“I am really happy. I loved my first season in the Club Challenge with Alex Caffi Motorsport / Race Art Technology and I wanted to try something different to test myself,” said Monti to euronascar.com.

Academy Motorsport, which effectively becomes the new identity of Alex Caffi Motorsport, plans to field up to three cars this year and will retain the team’s existing partnership with Race Art Technology.

“Alex Caffi was fantastic last year, he’s a wonderful person and we have a great relationship both personally and professionally. I knew Race Art Technology since my time in rallying and we immediately clicked. We all really enjoy racing together and I’m sure we’ll enjoy it even more in the upcoming season.”

While Monti will become the team’s new primary owner, Alex Caffi will be staying as the co-owner of Academy Motorsport, maintaining his status as one of the series’ key team owners.

“My Alex Caffi Motorsports team was born in 2016 to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and this a great chance for us to leverage all our experience in this great championship to take another step towards the top,” said Caffi to euronascar.com.

“We will bring our two cars to the table and I think this new partnership is the perfect opportunity for us to contend for NWES title. Federico is creating a top-level organization and together we hope to consistently fight for the top step of the podium.”

The team also announced that Pierpaolo Ciceri and Stefano Bacci will be joining the team as Team Principal and Sporting Director respectively. Monti himself will be competing with his team to fight for the Club Challenge title this year, but no other drivers has been announced as of yet.

Under the Alex Caffi Motorsport banner, the team has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since joining the series in 2016. The team scored a total of three race wins – all in 2017 – with Borja Garcia and Denny Zardo and scored a best Teams Championship finish of 9th, which was achieved twice in 2018 and 2020.

Last year, the team initially was set to field two cars, but due to the pandemic they had to downscale into a single-car team. Despite this, the team proved to be a consistent Top-10 challenger and the team would score their best drivers championship finish of 4th place in the EuroNASCAR 2 standings, courtesy of Vladimiros Tziortzis who scored 2 podiums and 8 Top-10 finishes in the team’s No. 1 Remedica Mustang.

Disclaimer: Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard / Klemen Sofric.

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