NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

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NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
NASCAR Whelen Euroseries logo.png
Category Stock Cars
Country Europe
Inaugural season 2009
Constructors Chevrolet
Ford
Toyota
Tyre suppliers Michelin
Drivers' champion Belgium Anthony Kumpen
Teams' champion Belgium PK Carsport
Makes' champion Chevrolet
Official website www.nascarwheleneuroseries.com
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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.

History[edit]

Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series logo, 2012 - June 2013

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 status[edit]

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 Euroseries. Its first race under the new name was at Tours, France.[4]

Car[edit]

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.[5]

The Euroseries Racecars have been used in the Race of Champions.

Specifications[edit]

2010 car
  • 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.

Championships[edit]

  • 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

The elite champion wins entry into a NASCAR race, the UNOH Battle at the Beach (formerly the Toyota All-Star Showdown). The junior champion wins a NASCAR test.

Euro-Racecar Series events are generally run over three days and include three races.

Champions[edit]

Season Elite Champion Open Champion Team Champion
Racecar Euro Series
2009 France Wilfried Boucenna
2010 France Lucas Lasserre France Emmanuel Brigand
2011 France Eric Hélary France Romain Fournillier France Hélary Racing Team
Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series
2012 Spain Ander Vilariño France Simon Escallier France Still Racing – Exotics Racing
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
2013 Spain Ander Vilariño France Anthony Gandon France TFT - Banco Santander
2014 Belgium Anthony Kumpen Belgium Maxime Dumarey Belgium PK Carsport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Racecar Euro-Series approved as new international FIA series". racecar-series.com (Team FJ). Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Touring Series". Racecar-series.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Concept". NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  4. ^ admin (2013-07-01). "A new era for NASCAR in Europe". NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Cars’ Specs". NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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