Marc Goossens officially announces his intention to compete full-time with SpeedHouse for 2022 as SpeedHouse team owner Lucas Lasserre steps down from driving duties to focus on his team ownership role.
Marc Goossens will continue to participate in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series after it was announced yesterday that the 52-year old Belgian will be joining the SpeedHouse team as the EuroNASCAR PRO driver of the No. 14 Ford Mustang team.
“First of all I believe in the competitiveness of the team. Especially when you look at the consistency with which Lucas Lasserre was scoring points last year. It resulted in a top three spot in the points,” said Goossens to euronascar.com.
“The objective is to adapt to the team fast and to score points on a regular basis. Of course a driver always goes out to try and win, but consistency is key in NWES. I feel very motivated and ready for the Spanish race.”
One of the series’ most respected veterans on the current EuroNASCAR grid, Goossens first joined the series in 2016 for the Braxx Racing team where he competed part-time for four years before finally making the step to full-time competition in 2020 with CAAL Racing. Goossens has scored one race win, a total of 18 podiums and a best championship finish of 5th on the aforementioned 2020 season in his six-year career in the series so far.
Last year Goossens initially competed with DF1 Racing in the No. 77 Camaro before he made the decision to leave DF1 and rejoined CAAL for his home round at Zolder. He scored three podium finishes, two at Zolder and one at Most where he came back from 19th on the grid to third thanks to a perfect timing to switch to the wet tires.
With Goossens’ long career journey in Euro Series, he showcases a feeling of excitement at the prospect of being part of the largest ever EuroNASCAR grid in the season opening round at Valencia.
“It [Valencia] will be a great event with a large number of cars,” said Goossens on the upcoming Valencia round. The championship keeps on growing as Team FJ is putting on an awesome show. I’m sure we will see a very strong and close race. Let’s get the season started and let’s put on a great show for the fans around the world!”
The same announcement also revealed that Lucas Lasserre will step down from his driving duties to focus on the team ownership and managerial role on his SpeedHouse team.
SpeedHouse, who will expand to four cars this year, made their full-time debut last year with Lasserre and Eric Quintal at the helm of the team’s flagship No. 64 Ford Mustang. The team showed plenty of promise in their 2021 season and an extremely consistent season for Lasserre – finishing in the Top-10 10 times with two podium finishes – would allow the Frenchman to finish third in the drivers standings last year.
“To have a top driver with Marc’s personality is a big advantage and a strong additional support to the team,” said Lasserre on Goossens’ arrival to SpeedHouse. “When I was a teenager, I lived in Pau, France and I saw Marc compete and finish 2nd in Formula 3000 in my town. He was like a hero for me because my dream was to be a racing driver and to race in my town as he did, and now he’s with us.”
“With his amazing career, I am sure Marc will be totally dedicated to our project and will share his experience with the other drivers at Speedhouse.”
Disclaimer: Unless noted on the photo, all photos are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese.