The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will continue his exponential growth by expanding its calendar to seven events and 26 races in 2019. The official NASCAR series in Europe will touch eight different countries, visit Most in the Czech Republic for the first time and make its return to Raceway Venray in the Netherlands. A spectacular non-championship All Star Time Attack event will take place on a street circuit in France.
Exciting door-to-door NASCAR racing on some of the most challenging and historic tracks in Europe, a wide variety of different road courses, the fastest half-mile oval in the Old Continent and seven American-themed events are the distinctive features of a season already promising to be a must for fans and families.
“This 2019 calendar is based on the strong willing to provide the best racing experience to fans and families coming to NASCAR events in Europe. We guarantee pure racing with spectacular door to door battles as well as a great American atmosphere with lots of animations around the track,” explained NWES President / CEO Jerome Galpin. “We also provide every fan with unique access to teams, drivers and cars. It’s all about celebrating together our passion for racing and we all love it!”
A consolidated tradition, Valencia in Spain will open the 2019 season on April 13-14 with the Valencia NASCAR Fest at the 4-km Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the sixth time. Euro NASCAR will then head to Italy for the May 11-12 edition of the American NASCAR Weekend at the 2,5-km Autodromo di Franciacorta. The twisty Italian road course will be followed by the historic 1,9-km Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, hosting the seventh edition of the longest standing event in the NWES calendar – the American SpeedFest – on June 1-2.
On June 22-23, an undisclosed street circuit in France will host a special, non-championship, All Star Time Attack event. Venue, format and further details on the spectacular All Star weekend will be unveiled at a later date.
With its flowing 4,222-km layout, the Autodrom Most will welcome the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for the first time on June 29-30. The Most weekend will represent the first ever NWES championship round in a region rich of NASCAR fans eager to make the event one of the best in the calendar.
Raceway Venray, will return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series calendar on July 13-14. The fast half-mile banked oval in the Netherlands will host an event based on a typical US NASCAR format, highlighted by one 75-lap ELITE 2 race on Saturday and a feature 100-lap ELITE 1 race on Sunday to close the regular season.
The playoffs – four double-points races for each NWES Division – will once again decide who will be crowned European NASCAR Champion and 2019 will put even more pressure on drivers and teams, thanks to a compact schedule.
The iconic Hockenheimring in Germany will open the most crucial phase of the season for the second year in a row on September 21- 22, hosting the Semi Finals on its 3,692-km layout in the context of the American Fan Fest. After another hugely popular edition of its American Festival, Circuit Zolder will once again crown the European NASCAR Champion on October 5-6. The 4-km Belgian track will host Euro NASCAR for the fifth consecutive time.
The regularity-based ELITE Club Division will contest its 3rd season on four track inside the NWES calendar: Valencia, Franciacorta, Hockenheim and Zolder.