NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
|Tyre suppliers||General Tire|
|Drivers' champion||EuroNASCAR PRO:|
|Teams' champion||Hendriks Motorsport|
|Official website||Whelen Euro Series|
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (formerly known as Racecar Euro Series and Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series) is an official NASCAR stock-car racing series based in Europe. It is one of NASCAR's three international-sanctioned series, alongside the NASCAR Pinty's Series and the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, and is the most prestigious stock car racing series in Europe.
French rally driver Jérôme Galpin conceived the idea of a European-based stock car racing series after he spectated a NASCAR race in 2002. His family group, Team FJ, then launched the Racecar Euro Series in June 2008 and announced that the first season will be held the following year as a FFSA-sanctioned series. The first season in 2009 was held on 7 tracks across France, with 16 cars entering the inaugural race at Nogaro. The series was approved as an International Series by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) after the series held a race at the Nürburgring in 2010. The calendar was expanded further in 2011 to include more races in Europe.
Galpin began to make connections with NASCAR after he had a contact with NASCAR's Senior Development, Business Director Robert Duvall in June 2009. NASCAR soon began to take interest on the series, with the Racecar Euro Series champion was awarded with an invitation entry to the Toyota All-Star Showdown.
In early 2012, Team FJ made an agreement with NASCAR to sanction the series as part of the NASCAR circuit until 2020, though it remains registered as an International FIA series. As part of the agreement, the series changes its name to the Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring 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.
On July 1, 2013, the series was renamed into the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series after Whelen Engineering announced an agreement to become the title sponsor of the series until 2019. This agreement was extended on December 6, 2017 after NASCAR announced that Whelen Engineering will continue to become the title sponsor of both the Euro Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour until 2024.
On October 4, 2019, the series announced that NASCAR and Team FJ will continue to work together to operate the series until at least 2030. On October 22, 2019, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series announced that the classes will be rebranded from Elite 1 and Elite 2 into the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 for the 2020 season.
The following are the tracks which have been, currently in use, and are scheduled to be used in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series starting from the first season under the official sanctioning by NASCAR in 2012:
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.
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. Resembling much like the bodies of their American counterparts, the car made its racing debut in the 2015 Race of Champions. The Ford Mustang body also made its test debut soon after. Starting from the 2018 season, the Chevrolet composite body was updated into a Camaro ZL1-based body style.
Starting from 2019, the Euro Series featured General Tire as the exclusive tyre supplier for the series. 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.
- 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.
- EuroNASCAR Pro drivers championship – Main championship open to gold/silver/bronze drivers
- Junior Trophy – For drivers aged 25 years and under
- Challenger Trophy – For amateur drivers
- EuroNASCAR 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 EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 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. Until the 2014 season, the EuroNASCAR PRO 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 EuroNASCAR PRO races and two EuroNASCAR 2 races. Practice was held on Friday, which was followed by the Qualifying and the first race of EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 on Saturday before the week closed down with the second race of EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 on Sunday. The only exception to this so far was the races at Venray after its reintroduction to the calendar in 2019, which is scheduled to run over two days and only include a total of two races, one EuroNASCAR 2 race on Saturday and one EuroNASCAR PRO race on Sunday.
|Season||EuroNASCAR PRO Champion||EuroNASCAR 2 Champion||Team Champion|
|Racecar Euro Series|
|2009||Lucas Lasserre||Wilfried Boucenna|
|2010||Lucas Lasserre||Emmanuel Brigand|
|2011||Éric Hélary||Romain Fournillier||Hélary Racing Team|
|Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series|
|2012||Ander Vilariño||Simon Escallier||Exotics Racing - Still Racing|
|NASCAR Whelen Euro Series|
|2013||Ander Vilariño||Anthony Gandon||TFT - Banco Santander|
|2014||Anthony Kumpen||Maxime Dumarey||PK Carsport|
|2015||Ander Vilariño||Gianmarco Ercoli||GDL Racing|
|2016||Anthony Kumpen||Stienes Longin||PK Carsport|
|2017||Alon Day||Thomas Ferrando||Knauf Racing|
|2018||Alon Day||Ulysse Delsaux||RDV Compétition|
|2019||Loris Hezemans||Lasse Sørensen||Hendriks Motorsport|
All-time wins for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series under NASCAR official sanctioning, starting from the 2012 season. Does not include Racecar Euro Series wins. All figures correct as of the 2019 American Festival NASCAR Finals at Circuit Zolder (October 7, 2019).
|Driver competed full-time in the 2019 season|
|Driver competed part-time in the 2019 season|
|Bold||NASCAR Whelen Euro Series EuroNASCAR PRO Champion|
|Italics||NASCAR Whelen Euro Series EuroNASCAR 2 Champion|
Elite 1 / EuroNASCAR PRO
|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|
|Loris Hezemans||5||2018 Hockenheim 1||2019 Hockenheim 2|
|Eddie Cheever III||4||2014 Brands Hatch 1||2015 Valencia 1|
|Nicolò Rocca||4||2015 Venray 1||2019 Most 1|
|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|
|Thomas Ferrando||1||2019 Zolder 1||2019 Zolder 1|
|Stienes Longin||1||2019 Zolder 2||2019 Zolder 2|
Elite 2 / EuroNASCAR 2
|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|
|Lasse Sørensen||7||2019 Franciacorta 1||2019 Zolder 2|
|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|
|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|
|Giorgio Maggi||3||2019 Valencia 1||2019 Hockenheim 1|
|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|
|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|
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