SpeedHouse has announced that Alon Day, the current NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship leader, will be joining the team this weekend as the driver of the No. 40 Ford Mustang in EuroNASCAR PRO.
As the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series begins their NASCAR GP Belgium weekend activity at Circuit Zolder with the fourth round of the EuroNASCAR Club Challenge division, SpeedHouse announced that Alon Day will be joining their team to race the No. 40 Ford Mustang team earlier today.
SpeedHouse, the French team led by former two-time pre-NASCAR era champion and twice the series third-place finisher in the NASCAR era Lucas Lasserre, made the last-minute signing of the three-time EuroNASCAR champion after Day was listed out of his usual ride in PK Carsport in the provisional Entry List.
“I appreciate the fact that Alon called me,” said Lasserre on Day’s signing. “We have been very strong since the beginning of the year and we know Alon is a great driver and always competitive. We are in a good position and this is just the beginning. Alon knows that.”
Day’s participation at Zolder meant that not only he would not score zero points this weekend, he would also have a chance to potentially improve his finishing results to increase his chances for a record-breaking fourth title this year.
Interestingly, the signing of Alon Day to the No. 40 team does mean that SpeedHouse would have two of the leading title contenders in their rides for this weekend as Alexander Graff, the team’s lead driver, is currently second in the championship and looks set to overcome the 16-point deficit that he had to the Israeli prior to today’s announcement.
“We have Alexander in the title battle, he’s been at Speedhouse from the beginning of the year,” Lasserre continued to euronascar.com. “Now, I’m helping Alon a little bit to be here. The message is clear: We have Marc Goossens, who’s very strong, Alexander in the title battle, Paul Jouffreau, Cosimo Barberini, Arianna Casoli and Neo Lambert. All drivers are battling for their championships and Trophies. We are 100 percent attractive to fast drivers. We will handle Alexander and Alon, we are professionals.”
PK Carsport’s team boss and returning driver Anthony Kumpen – who will race Day’s usual No. 24 entry for this weekend – is happy that Day will compete after all as he revealed that Day’s contract for this year was only a five-race deal for the 2022 season, with the round at Zolder being set to be Day’s “joker” round for the year.
“We agreed with Alon to have Belgium as his joker weekend in the 2022 NWES season,” said Kumpen to euronascar.com. “I found a solution to drive myself at Zolder and therefore I didn’t have a seat left. He found a way and that’s good for him. He’ll be back with us for the Finals at Automotodrom Grobnik to fight for the EuroNASCAR PRO title and we are looking forward to having him back there.”
Disclaimer: Unless noted on the photo, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric / Stephane Azemard / Bart Dehaese.