NWES 2019 SEASON
NASCAR expands across Europe with extended 2019 NWES calendar
26 races in seven events, two new venues and an All Star Time Attack will highlight next season’s NWES calendar
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will continue its 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 their 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 of 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 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 Central Europe, 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.
Bigger, better and more exciting than ever, the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season is ready to roll!
|REGULAR SEASON (1 joker race = 8 out of 9 best results)|
|April 13||Spain||Valencia||Round 1|
|April 14||Spain||Valencia||Round 2|
|May 11||Italy||Franciacorta||Round 3|
|May 12||Italy||Franciacorta||Round 4|
|June 1||UK||Brands Hatch||Round 5|
|June 2||UK||Brands Hatch||Round 6|
|June 29||Czech Republic||Most||Round 7|
|June 30||Czech Republic||Most||Round 8|
|July 13||Netherlands||Venray (oval)||ELITE 2 Round 9 (75 laps)|
|July 14||Netherlands||Venray (oval)||ELITE 1 Round 9 (100 laps)|
|Playoffs (double points)|
|September 21||Germany||Hockenheim||Semi Final 1|
|September 22||Germany||Hockenheim||Semi Final 2|
|October 5||Belgium||Zolder||Final 1|
|October 6||Belgium||Zolder||Final 2|
|All Star Time Attack (Non Championship Event)|
|June 22||France||Tba||All Star Time Attack|
|June 23||France||Tba||All Star Time Attack|
Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard
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.