2020 NWES SEASON
Marc Goossens and Sven van Laere back with
Braxx Racing for the 2020 NWES season
The Belgian duo will share the #91 Braxx Racing Chevrolet Camaro
(March 4, 2020) – After taking part together in the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals at Circuit Zolder, Marc Goossens and Sven van Laere will be back with Braxx Racing to pilot the #91 Anecars Braxx Racing Chevrolet Camaro in a full-time campaign. Goossens will aim at EuroNASCAR PRO title, while van Laere will take on his rookie season in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship. The program will be supported by Anecars, a company specialized in automotive wholesale solutions.
Goossens is one of the most experienced and versatile drivers on the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series grid. The 50-year-old Belgian, who boasts a successful international career including experiences in the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series, IMSA and the 24h of Le Mans, made his NWES debut in 2016. He gave Braxx Racing the first podium finish in the same year and was also the driver who earned the team’s first EuroNASCAR PRO win at Zolder in 2017. In four part-time seasons, Goossens amassed 13 podium finishes in 34 starts. The goal for 2020 is the European NASCAR title.
“It’s great to be back with Braxx Racing for a full season. It is my 5th year competing in the series with this team and we are working very well together. It’s also great to share a car again with my good friend Sven van Laere,” said the Geel native. “Of course the goal is to aim for the championship. If not we wouldn’t be here. As the championship keeps growing, the competition gets tougher, but we are better prepared this year and we want to be stronger in single race. There are some new structures and a number of drivers found themselves a new home. It will be an interesting season ahead, but our main focus will be on our own work in order to bring the #91 to the front.”
Van Laere made his NASCAR Whelen Euro Series debut at Circuit Zolder in Belgium at the end of the 2019 season. At his home track, on a weekend hampered by treacherous weather especially on Sunday, the Belgian finished 16th and 22nd. The Gent native won the 2017 Clio Cup Benelux title, collected several class wins at the 24 Hours of Zolder, the third place in the 2018 Belcar Endurance Series and has plenty of experience in GT and Endurance racing.
“I’m very happy to compete in the 2020 Championship together with Marc and Braxx Racing. Although we had a difficult try out at last year’s Finals in Zolder, due to the weather and the combination of doing also a GT race on the same weekend, I was charmed with the championship and made it my priority for this year,” said van Laere. “2020 will be a learning year, but I would not compete without a challenge for myself and that’s to try to race for the podium in the Legend Trophy. The level of the competition in EuroNASCAR is very high and it’s an honor to be part of such a competitive field with both experienced drivers and young talented drivers. So I’m not going to focus too much on the points and just enjoy the pure racing fun of EuroNASCAR.”
The seventh edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain will mark the start of the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season on April 25-26.
Photo credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese, Stephane Azemard and Braxx Racing / @cfd_graphics
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 26 races, equally split among EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 championships, 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.