For the 8th consecutive time the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars will be among the vehicles selected for the world famous Race Of Champions to test the skills of some of the best drivers in the world. The traditional and spectacular off-season event will take place at the King Fahd International Stadium of Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia.
“We are very proud of this 8th selection, proving the huge world wide appeal of our cars, and really happy to work with Fredrik Johnsson and his very professional organization,” said Jerome Galpin, NWES President / CEO. “The Euro NASCAR will once again deliver great fun to drivers and super show to the fans!”
A favorite of drivers and fans thanks to its fascinating character, its thunderous American V8 sound and its ability to put a smile on the face of everybody, from beginners to World Champions, the Euro NASCAR car will be driven by superstars like World Rally and Rallycross champion Petter Solberg, Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, Indycar champions Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden, F1 and Indycar driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Formula 1’s David Coulthard and upcoming talent Lando Norris.
Among the new entries will be 2017 NASCAR Mexico Champion Abraham Calderon, who will be in the company of FIA World Endurance Champion Timo Bernhard, DTM Champion René Rast, FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, European Le Mans Series Champion Memo Rojas and young Swedish driver Joel Eriksson.
The tradition of the Race Of Champions dates back to 1988, when the first edition took place in Paris, and in its legendary history has brought the best drivers of the world to race at the wheel of a variety of cars in the best and most exotic venues, from Gran Canaria to Miami in a unique competition.
The 2018 edition of the ROC will see the drivers on track for two action-packed events: the ROC Nations Cup will delight the fans on Friday, February 2nd from 5:30 pm CET, while the Race Of Champions, with its classic direct-elimination format, will crown the Champion of Champions on Saturday, February 3rd from 1:30 pm CET.
2018 RACE OF CHAMPIONS SCHEDULE
Friday 2 February
5:30 PM Show starts
6:00 PM ROC Nations Cup
9:00 PM End of the event
Saturday 3 February
1:30 PM Show starts
2:00 PM Race Of Champions
5:00 PM End of the event
All times are CET.
Photo Credits: Race Of Champions
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