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The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (formerly known as Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series) is an official NASCAR stock-car racing series based in Europe. Before it was sanctioned by NASCAR, it was known as Racecar Euro-Series.

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series logo.png
CategoryStock Cars
RegionEurope
Inaugural season2009
ConstructorsChevrolet
Ford
Toyota
Engine suppliersChevrolet
Tyre suppliersGeneral Tire
Drivers' championElite 1: Israel Alon Day
Elite 2: France Ulysse Delsaux
Teams' championFrance RDV Compétition
Makes' championToyota
Official websiteWhelen Euro Series
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

HistoryEdit

 
Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series logo, 2012 – June 2013
 
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series logo, June 2013 – 2017

Racecar Euro-Series was created in 2008 by the French Team FJ Group. The first season was in 2009. Following two seasons at mainly French venues, the Racecar Euro-Series was approved as an International Series by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) at the end of 2010.[1] The calendar was expanded for 2011 to include more races in Europe.

Current statusEdit

In early 2012, Team FJ made an agreement with NASCAR to sanction the series as part of the NASCAR circuit, though it remains an international FIA series.[2]

With the new agreement with NASCAR, the series became an official NASCAR racing series in Europe. NASCAR rules and standards are adopted in the series. The champion is invited to the NASCAR Nights of Champions Gala at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina along with the rest of the regional series champions, with the 2012 champion Ander Vilariño being the first to attend.[3]

On July 1, 2013, with partnership from Whelen Engineering, the series was renamed NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Its first race under the new name was at Tours, France.[4]

TracksEdit

Locations of the tracks that have held a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race. Red dots represent current tracks, blue dots represent former tracks.

The following are the tracks which have been, and are currently used in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series starting from the first season under the official sanctioning by NASCAR in 2012:

Years Track Location Type
2016 Adria International Raceway Adria, Italy Road course
2017–present Autodromo di Franciacorta Castrezzato, Italy Road course
2014–2015 Autodromo dell'Umbria Magione, Italy Road course
2013 Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza, Italy Road course
2019–present Autodrom Most Most, Czech Republic Road course
2012–present Brands Hatch West Kingsdown, England Road course
2012–2014 Bugatti Circuit Le Mans, France Road course
2012–2013 Circuit Paul Armagnac Nogaro, France Road course
2012,
2014–present
Circuit Ricardo Tormo Valencia, Spain Road course
2012 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Stavelot, Belgium Road course
2015–present Circuit Zolder Heusden-Zolder, Belgium Road course
2013 Dijon-Prenois Prenois, France Road course
2017–present Hockenheimring Hockenheim, Germany Road course
2014 Nürburgring Nürburg, Germany Road course
2015–2017,
2019–present
Raceway Venray Venray, Netherlands 1/2-mile oval
2012–2016,
2018
Tours Speedway Tours, France 0.357-mile oval

CarsEdit

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is based around the concept of using NASCAR-style cars on European circuits. The Euro-NASCAR cars are inspired by American NASCAR cars but were built specifically for European tracks. The cars use a V8 Chevrolet engine creating 450 hp. It uses a four-speed manual gearbox, is rear-wheel drive and weighs 1150 kg.[5]

The NASCAR Euro Series cars are used in the Race of Champions.

To end the 2015 season, at Circuit Zolder Finals on October 2, a redesigned Holden Commodore composite body was unveiled to be used in the 2016 season.[6] Resembling much like the bodies of their American counterparts, the car made its racing debut in the 2015 Race of Champions.[7] The Ford Mustang body also made its test debut soon after.[8] Starting from the 2018 season, the Chevrolet composite body was updated into a Camaro ZL1-based body style.[9]

Starting from 2019, the Euro Series featured General Tire as the exclusive tyre supplier for the series.[10] Previously, Michelin was the exclusive tyre supplier from the inaugural season in 2009 until 2017, while BFGoodrich became the exclusive tyre supplier for the 2018 season only.

SpecificationsEdit

 
2017 car
  • Chassis: FIA-certified tubular steel tube frame with safety roll cage.
  • Engine Displacement: 5.7 L (5,700 cc) (350 in³) V8.
  • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated.
  • Transmission: 4 Speed Manual.
  • Power: 400 hp (298 kW)
  • Weight: 1,225 kg (2,701 lb)
  • Height: 1,300 mm (51 in)
  • Length: 5,080 mm (200 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,740 mm (108 in)
  • Width: 1,950 mm (77 in)

As manufacturer involvement is limited, model representations are used for aesthetic purposes only. The current models available are the Chevrolet SS, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Toyota Camry, with the Dodge Challenger model was available to be used in the past.

For the 2016 season, with the introduction of a new aerodynamic package and a redesigned composite body, the wing will no longer be used as the series will adopt an 8-inch rear spoiler.

ChampionshipsEdit

  • Elite 1 drivers championship – Main championship open to gold/silver/bronze drivers
    • Junior Trophy – For drivers aged 25 years and under
    • Challenger Trophy – For amateur drivers
  • Elite 2 drivers championship – Restricted to silver/bronze drivers
    • Legend Trophy – For drivers aged 40 years and over
    • Rookie Cup – For drivers making their Euro Series debuts, regardless of age or experience
    • Lady Cup – For female drivers
  • Teams championship – Scored by points collected by each car in Elite 1 and Elite 2 divisions

The Euro Series champions and other standout drivers of the series will be honored at the yearly NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.[11] Until the 2014 season, the Elite 1 champion wins entry into a NASCAR race, the UNOH Battle at the Beach (formerly the Toyota All-Star Showdown), while the Elite 2 champion wins a NASCAR test.

A NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race week are run over three days and include four races, two Elite 1 races and two Elite 2 races. Practice was held on Friday, which was followed by the Qualifying and the first race of Elite 1 and Elite 2 on Saturday before the week closed down with the second race of Elite 1 and Elite 2 on Sunday. The only exception to this so far was the 2019 round at Venray, which is scheduled to run over two days and only include a total of two races, one Elite 2 race on Saturday and one Elite 1 race on Sunday.[12]

ChampionsEdit

All-time winsEdit

All-time wins for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series under the NASCAR banner, starting from the 2012 season. Does not include Racecar Euro Series wins. All figures correct as of the 2019 American Car Fest at Raceway Venray (July 14, 2019)

Key
Driver is currently racing full-time in the 2019 season
Driver is currently racing part-time in the 2019 season
Bold NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Elite 1 Champion
Italics NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Elite 2 Champion

Elite 1Edit

Driver Wins First Last
  Ander Vilariño 22 2012 Nogaro 1 2019 Valencia 2
  Alon Day 20 2015 Umbria 1 2019 Brands Hatch 1
  Frédéric Gabillon 12 2013 Tours 1 2019 Brands Hatch 2
  Anthony Kumpen 10 2014 Le Mans 1 2017 Hockenheim 2
  Borja García 5 2014 Nürburgring 1 2017 Hockenheim 1
  Eddie Cheever III 4 2014 Brands Hatch 1 2015 Valencia 1
  Nicolò Rocca 4 2015 Venray 1 2019 Most 1
  Loris Hezemans 3 2018 Hockenheim 1 2019 Venray
  Gael Castelli 2 2012 Le Mans 1 2012 Le Mans 2
  Yann Zimmer 2 2013 Monza 2 2014 Valencia 1
  Romain Iannetta 2 2012 Spa 2 2015 Brands Hatch 1
  Javier Villa 1 2012 Brands Hatch 2 2012 Brands Hatch 2
  Mathias Lauda 1 2014 Tours 2 2014 Tours 2
  Marc Goossens 1 2017 Zolder 2 2017 Zolder 2
  Lucas Lasserre 1 2018 Franciacorta 2 2018 Franciacorta 2
  Gianmarco Ercoli 1 2018 Brands Hatch 2 2018 Brands Hatch 2

Elite 2Edit

Driver Wins First Last
  Thomas Ferrando 12 2014 Nürburgring 1 2017 Zolder 2
  Stienes Longin 9 2015 Tours 1 2016 Zolder 2
  Josh Burdon 7 2013 Nogaro 1 2013 Le Mans 1
  Anthony Gandon 4 2013 Dijon 1 2013 Le Mans 2
  Gianmarco Ercoli 4 2015 Valencia 1 2015 Zolder 2
  Wilfried Boucenna 4 2014 Brands Hatch 1 2018 Valencia 2
  Ulysse Delsaux 4 2017 Valencia 1 2018 Hockenheim 1
  Lasse Sørensen 4 2019 Franciacorta 1 2019 Most 2
  Philipp Lietz 3 2014 Umbria 2 2015 Tours 2
  Gabriele Gardel 3 2014 Le Mans 2 2016 Zolder 1
  Felipe Rabello 3 2017 Venray 1 2018 Franciacorta 1
  Guillaume Deflandre 3 2017 Zolder 2 2018 Hockenheim 2
  Florian Venturi 3 2018 Brands Hatch 2 2019 Franciacorta 2
  Martin van Hove 2 2012 Nogaro 1 2012 Nogaro 2
  Simon Escallier 2 2012 Valencia 1 2012 Valencia 2
  Olivier Porta 2 2012 Le Mans 1 2012 Le Mans 2
  Neal Van Vaerenbergh 2 2014 Valencia 1 2014 Valencia 2
  Denis Dupont 2 2014 Tours 1 2014 Tours 2
  Salvador Tineo Arroyo 2 2015 Umbria 2 2016 Brands Hatch 2
  Guillaume Dumarey 2 2018 Franciacorta 2 2018 Zolder 2
  Giorgio Maggi 2 2019 Valencia 1 2019 Most 1
  Vincent Gonneau 1 2012 Brands Hatch 1 2012 Brands Hatch 1
  Adriano Medeiros 1 2012 Brands Hatch 2 2012 Brands Hatch 2
  Loic Deman 1 2012 Spa 1 2012 Spa 1
  Marc Duez 1 2012 Spa 2 2012 Spa 2
  Julien Goupy 1 2013 Tours 1 2013 Tours 1
  Maxime Dumarey 1 2014 Umbria 1 2014 Umbria 1
  Guillaume Rousseau 1 2014 Le Mans 1 2014 Le Mans 1
  Florian Renauer 1 2015 Brands Hatch 1 2015 Brands Hatch 1
  Riccardo Geltrude 1 2016 Tours 1 2016 Tours 1
  Denny Zardo 1 2017 Franciacorta 2 2017 Franciacorta 2
  Nicholas Risitano 1 2019 Valencia 2 2019 Valencia 2
  Vittorio Ghirelli 1 2019 Venray 2019 Venray

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Racecar Euro-Series approved as new international FIA series" (PDF). racecar-series.com. Team FJ. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Touring Series" (PDF). Racecar-series.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  3. ^ "Concept". NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  4. ^ "A new era for NASCAR in Europe". NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  5. ^ "Cars' Specs". NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  6. ^ http://hometracks.nascar.com/nwes/elite-1/story/new-2016-nwes-car-unveiled_10022015
  7. ^ http://hometracks.nascar.com/nwes/elite-1/story/2016-nwes-car-rocks-roc_11242015
  8. ^ http://hometracks.nascar.com/nwes/elite-1/story/2016-nwes-ford-mustang-makes-test-debut_12072015
  9. ^ https://hometracks.nascar.com/2018/02/09/the-new-chevrolet-camaro-introduced-in-nwes/
  10. ^ "Euro NASCAR appoints General Tire new Official Tyre Partner". NASCAR Home Tracks. October 25, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "NASCAR Sets Dates & Venues For Postseason Awards". speedsport.com. Speed Sport. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  12. ^ "NASCAR expands across Europe with extended 2019 NWES calendar". hometracks.nascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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