The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, founded in 2008 as the Racecar Euro Series and officially earned NASCAR recognition in 2012, has earned recognition by motorsport fans for bringing the spectacle and excitement of American stock car racing to the Europe. The series has established itself as one of the fastest growing racing series in the world thanks to the commitment by the crew at Team FJ to bring Pure NASCAR Racing action.
The 2022 season is made up of 24 races, equally split between the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 divisions. Six (6) circuits are planned to host a race this year: Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Brands Hatch, Autodromo Vallelunga, Autodrom Most, Circuit Zolder, and Automotodrom Grobnik.
With four races in two days, the NASCAR Euro machines provide pure racing action and thrilling bumper-to-bumper, side-by-side battles as well as lots of great American-inspired festivals for the fans and family. In pure NASCAR tradition, race fans can get themselves a closer look to the action with free access to cars, teams, and drivers, grid-walks and pit-walks, meet and greet with drivers, and autograph sessions for the spectators.
The series has attracted drivers from all over the world with names such as series champions Ander Vilariño, Anthony Kumpen, Loris Hezemans and Alon Day becoming household names through the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Plenty of talented youngsters such as Gianmarco Ercoli, Giorgio Maggi, Ulysse Delsaux and Nicolò Rocca are also becoming regular names in the series as they’re looking to become the next driver to win the series’ biggest prize: The EuroNASCAR PRO championship.
Legendary names such as 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte and sports car legend Marc Goossens have also experienced successful campaigns in the EuroNASCAR. Even drivers that went on to achieve success elsewhere have tasted the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series experience, one notable name being the defending Super GT champion Bertrand Baguette.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars are designed to give its drivers the Ultimate Challenge. With 400 bhp of Pure Power and Handling with No Electronic Aids, the cars will give the drivers the full experience of a NASCAR stock car, bringing in the Pure Racing action from race-to-race. For more information for the current generation EuroNASCAR stock cars, see here.
THE DRIVERS AND TEAMS
With more than 70 drivers from 20+ countries competing in this series across all classes in 2022, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series features the most diverse cast of drivers in any category of stock car racing. With a driver cast featuring former series champion Alon Day, experienced veterans such as Nicolò Rocca and Frédéric Gabillon, talented youngsters in Gianmarco Ercoli and Giorgio Maggi, and new stars such as Vittorio Ghirelli and Alexander Graff, there’s no shortage of talent in the drivers that competed in this series.
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series reached a new all-time high when a total of 41 entries from 19 teams participated in 2022, with teams from as far as the United Arab Emirates and Japan deciding to try out Europe’s biggest division of stock car racing this year. The drivers that competed in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series are all willing to fight on the track for the win and take the first step towards becoming a NASCAR star in the United States. For more information on the drivers and teams that are competing this season, see here.
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series features two class divisions: EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2. The EuroNASCAR PRO class are reserved for the experienced and “Pro” drivers, while the EuroNASCAR 2 class are reserved for the amateur and “Am” drivers. Each class also have their own sub-championships (or Trophies), with points scored by each car in both classes are going to be collected for the Teams Championship. For more information on the championships that the series have currently, see here.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series weekend format is designed to bring excitement to the fans from the beginning to the end. Featuring 4 races in two days with a special, compact format for the Venray round, the race week is going to give the fans the ultimate fan experience. The race weeks will feature the standard NASCAR procedures, such as rolling start, double file restarts, and green-white-checkered finish. For more information on the current format used in the series, see here.
Information are provided from the official 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Digital Presentation, the official 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Digital Presentation, the official 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Digital Presentation, and MOOG EU’s NASCAR® EXPLAINED.
Disclaimer: Unless noted on the photo, all photos are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard / Bart Dehaese / Klemen Sofric.
Last Updated: 13 November 2022