NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
|Drivers' champion||Anthony Kumpen|
|Teams' champion||PK Carsport|
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.
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. The calendar was expanded for 2011 to include more races in Europe.
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.
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.
The Euro-Racecar Series is based around the concept of using NASCAR-style cars on European circuits. The Euroseries Racecar is inspired by American NASCAR but 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.
The Euroseries Racecars have been used in the Race of Champions.
- Power: 400 hp (298 kW)
- Weight: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb)
- Height: 1,300 mm (51 in)
- Length: 1,500 mm (59 in)
- Wheelbase: 2,677 mm (105 in)
- Width: 1,950 mm (77 in)
As manufacturer involvement is limited, model representation is based for aesthetic purposes only. Models included the Ford Mustang, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Camry.
- Elite drivers championship – Main championship open to every driver
- Open drivers championship – Restricted to non-professional drivers
- Junior trophy – under 25 years
- Legend trophy – 50+ years
- Teams championship
Euro-Racecar Series events are generally run over three days and include three races.
|Season||Elite Champion||Open Champion||Team Champion|
|Racecar Euro Series|
|2010||Lucas Lasserre||Emmanuel Brigand|
|2011||Eric Hélary||Romain Fournillier||Hélary Racing Team|
|Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series|
|2012||Ander Vilariño||Simon Escallier||Still Racing – Exotics Racing|
|NASCAR Whelen Euro Series|
|2013||Ander Vilariño||Anthony Gandon||TFT - Banco Santander|
|2014||Anthony Kumpen||Maxime Dumarey||PK Carsport|
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