Spanish karting star Dani Briz will be stepping up to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2024 after SpeedHouse Racing announced the signing of the Spanish young talent at the Valencia NASCAR Fest.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series have just started their 2023 season last week at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, but the silly season moves for the upcoming 2024 season have gone underway after SpeedHouse Racing announced the signing of Spanish karting star Dani Briz for their squad next year.
The announcement was announced by SpeedHouse on 7 May, hours before team owner Lucas Lasserre took the checkered flag in the second EuroNASCAR PRO race of the Valencia NASCAR Fest.
“I’m really happy to confirm Dani Briz onboard at SpeedHouse for the 2024 season and more!” said Lasserre, the new EuroNASCAR championship leader, in the official announcement.
“Dani is a pure talent with an amazing experience and results in go-karts. The level of the Spanish championship with Factory Team is just crazy and Dani has won many races and championships!”
Lasserre discovered Dani through the help of someone who is familiar to him. That someone is Alfonso de Orleans-Borbón, the team owner of the Racing Engineering team that the Frenchman drove for during his Formula 3 days. Many years later, the two figures would meet together again as team owners in the 2019 EuroNASCAR season.
“I discovered Dani and his family through my friend Alfonso de Orleans, who was my team owner when I competed in Formula 3 in Spain,” exclaimed the Frenchman. “It was just important to find the right timing to introduce Dani to prepare him to be totally competitive directly.”
“Dani tested the [EuroNASCAR] car this winter and I was impressed by his driving capacity. He is also a good kid with the right attitude. Dani will join the SpeedHouse Academy Driving Program and I’m sure that the future will be great for us all together!”
Dani Briz, full name Daniel Briz Llull, was born on 16 November 2005 and began to compete in karting when he was 2 years old. After six years of training with the help of drivers such as ex-Formula Renault 3.5 racer Máxi Cortés, Dani turned pro in 2013 when he signed a contract with Asturias-based DPK Racing.
After a successful campaign in 2013 and 2014, Dani made his first international karting outing in 2015 when he took part in the Italian WSK championship for Birel ART. He continued to become a frontrunning contender for the next few seasons, allowing him to sign a scholarship contract with the Valencia-based Formula de Campeones team in 2019.
In 2021, Formula de Campeones gave Dani an opportunity to test a racing car for the first time with a private test onboard the Tautus F4-T014. A move to Spanish F4 in 2022 was being considered by Dani, but he ultimately chose to remain in Campeonato de España de Karting (CEK) where he currently competes for GMFuel CRG Team Racing.
Should Dani compete full-time in the 2024 EuroNASCAR season, he will become the first Spanish driver to do so since three-time EuroNASCAR champion Ander Vilariño completed his final full-season campaign in 2019.
Dani is also set to become the first Spanish driver to compete in EuroNASCAR since Vilariño and Zihara Esteban. Vilariño and Esteban last competed in the 2020 season finale doubleheader round at Valencia, held in December due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m just really happy and excited to confirm that I will be a SpeedHouse driver in the 2024 NWES season,” said Dani in the official announcement. “It will be a huge gap, but I know that I will be totally ready and prepared.”
“I will use this year to continue to compete on karting and to test and work on my technical driving on a car. Having 12 months to switch from karting to NASCAR gives me the right time to be ready at 100%.”
“I will also integrate into the SpeedHouse Academy Program and I’m excited to be part of this program. Many thanks to all my partners and especially the CETDM, based here at Circuit Ricardo Tormo de Valencia. Hasta luego!”
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