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Oval World Challenge Format Revealed, Tickets Available

The event will feature world-class drivers, a unique formula and a 10.000 € prize for the winner


The Oval World Challenge is shaping up as a true unique world-championship caliber event. The French round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, taking place in Tours on June 30 and July 1st will not just be the only NASCAR oval race held outside North America, but it will also feature a spectacular star-studded lineup, a unique format inspired from the Daytona 500 and a 10.000,00 € prize for the winner.

“What better place to prepare this very unique event than Daytona in occasion of the Daytona 500 week? This is amazingly inspirational and we continue to learn a lot from the best in the world at organizing motorsport events ! The Oval World Challenge in Tours is designed to become one of the best racing show in Europe for the coming years ! A true taste of american style racing and a must see for every motorsport fan,” said NWES President / CEO Jerome Galpin from Daytona, Florida.nwes ovalThe 0.4-mile banked short track built in downtown Tours will see drivers coming from all over the world and from many different motorsport disciplines challenge the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series stars to determine the Oval World Challenge Champion.

Tickets for the Oval World Challenge in the Tours Exhibition Center are now available online at with a special offer valid through February 28th and prices starting from 12€ for adults and 8€ for kids.

The event’s format will be inspired by the qualifying system used for the legendary Daytona 500 and will be valid for both NWES divisions, for a total of six Euro NASCAR races per day. After a timed session will determine the pole position on Friday, the field will be split in two groups. Each day the two groups will race separate Semi Finals and the top finishing drivers of each race will qualify for the day’s Final, which will feature the best 22 cars on track for a spectacular door-to-door battle.NWS Oval logoIt will be all or nothing in the OWC Finals: the best driver of the overall event will not only bring home a trophy especially designed to celebrate the Oval World Winner, but also, for the first time in Europe, a special prize of 10.000,00 €.

A provisional system will grant that the top-10 drivers of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series points standings will be able to compete in the finals.

The event’s on-track program will also include spectacular races : some of the best European drifters will compete the International Drift GP and over 30 cars from the French Legends Car Cup will make their debut in their first ever oval race, making it an action-packed weekend with over 8 hours of racing per day.

Race fans, their families and kids will also find plenty of trackside activities to make the Oval World Challenge an unforgettable weekend: they will be able to meet drivers and teams in Tour’s unique indoor paddock, walk on the grid minutes before the green flag waves and enjoy plenty of american-themed attractions. The list of trackside attractions will be revealed at a later date.nwes oval 3nwes oval 5nwes oval 6

Photo Credits: 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.Swhelen2018