Alberto Cola (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) grabbed the win in the first edition of the Trofeo Angelo Caffi at the end of two nail-biting runs in front of the enthusiast fans that crowded the grandstands of the Area 48 Arena at the Bologna Motor Show. The Monza-native and the other finalist Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) took one round each and the CAAL Racing driver took the win thanks to a .11 seconds advantage. A vast number of fans had and will have the chance to discover the NWES cars and meet the drivers at the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series booth in Pavilion 36.
“It is amazing! I can’t believe it! I raced here three times but I never won and to do it with this incredible car is really special. This Chevrolet has a lot of torque, you can slide the rear in every corner! I love it!” commented Cola, who made his NASCAR debut in Bologna at the wheel of a CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS. The Italian team also won at the Motor Show in 2014. “I would really like to race the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season from the first race in Valencia in April. I hope this win will help me find new sponsors to join the NASCAR world!”
The roar of the V8 engines filled the air in the last day of track races at the Bologna Motor Show Area 48 Arena. Carlo Forte (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) ended up third while Dario Caso (#8 Vict Motorsport Ford Mustang) finished fourth and posted the fastest lap of the day just before flying to the US, where he will be recognized in Charlotte, North Carolina during the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. The 2016 Challenger Trophy winner was the protagonist of a spectacular and harmless crash when his car ended up upside-down during the final for third place.
Claudio Giudice (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang), Michele Imberti (#23 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang), Sergio Sambataro (#39 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) and Gianni Giudici (#77 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) completed the classification, delighting all the fans with huge slides spectacular accelerations. Two special guests made their appearance at the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series booth to meet the fans: 2016 and 2014 Lady Cup winners Arianna Casoli and Erika Monforte.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars will be on display for the public until Sunday, December 11, when the curtain will drop on the edition 40-year anniversary edition of the Bologna Motor Show.
Photo Credits: Fabio Grandi
ABOUT NASCAR WHELEN EURO SERIES
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series was founded in 2008 and established the NASCAR official European Series in January 2012 thanks to a long-term partnership signed with NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), Team FJ, a Motorsports company located in Blois, France, and Whelen Engineering as title sponsor of the Series.The season is made up of 24 races, equally split among ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 divisions, on the best European tracks. Euro NASCAR introduced a stunning innovation on July 7-8, 2012 by organizing the first ever NASCAR race on an oval track in Europe on a half-mile speedway built in the downtown of Tours (France). With four races in two days, these 400 HP V8 monsters provide pure racing action and thrilling bumper-to-bumper battles as well as a lot of family fun around the track! In the pure NASCAR tradition, race fans can get closer to the action than ever and feel the unique in Europe paddock atmosphere thanks to drivers, teams and cars always available for the spectators.The series attracts drivers from all over the world, all willing to fight on track for the win and take the first step towards becoming a NASCAR star in the U.S.