2020 NWES SEASON
Marko Stipp Motorsport signs NWES Recruitment
Program driver Yevgen Sokolovskiy
The Ukrainian will start in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship
(March 16, 2020) – Marko Stipp Motorsport has found its first gladiator for the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) season: Yevgen Sokolovskiy will make his debut in the EuroNASCAR PRO Championship and join the German team after being selected for the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program. The Ukrainian is about to take on the best NASCAR drivers in Europe and he will also fight for the win in the Challenger Trophy classification.
Since 2003, the 41-year-old has been professionally involved in motorsport. His roots lie in motorbike racing as he raced on two wheels for around ten years and his achievements led him into the International German Motorbike Championship. After a break of several years, he switched to automobile racing in 2018 and regularly competed at Raceway Venray. In the 2020 season the next step is to join the European NASCAR Series.
“Basically, I’m entering the new season with a very good feeling,” said the new Marko Stipp Motorsport driver. “Of course it is my first year in a new series. Nevertheless, I think that I can already score good results this season. But at the same time I see it as a kind of preparation for my second season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. I think the fact that I know some of the tracks from my time in motorbike racing will be an advantage for me.”
Sokolovskiy explains why he decided to enter EuroNASCAR: “I think it’s a very interesting series, with drivers on a very high level. I also have a decisive advantage. I drove at Raceway Venray in a Late Model in 2018 and 2019, I understand cars with these concepts very well and think that I can transfer this knowledge to EuroNASCAR.”
Team boss Marko Stipp is looking forward to seeing his new driver in the car: “With Yevgen we have found an experienced, performance-oriented and reliable driver for the 2020 NWES season. He has everything it takes to be successful in the series. He will certainly stir up the field in the Challenger Trophy and we hope that he will be on the podium a lot of times. The first year is of course a learning year, but due to his experience the learning curve will be steep, I’m sure. I am looking forward to welcoming Yevgen to our team.”
With the Valencia NASCAR Fest rescheduled to October 31st and November 1st, Sokolovskiy makes his first start in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series at Brands Hatch on June 6-7.
Recruitment Program Driver Francesco Garisto Joins 42 Racing in EURONascar 2
(March 16, 2020) – A young and talented driver from Italy will join the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series grid in the 2020 season. After being selected for the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program and positively impressing in the November Fontenay Le Comte test day, Francesco Garisto signed a contract with 42 Racing to be part of the 2020 EuroNASCAR 2 championship.
The 17-year-old race driver has his roots in Italy in Formula 4 and Lotus Cup racing and already proved his skills despite his young age. The Monza native will make his NWES debut in the 2020 season opener at Brands Hatch on June 6-7.
“It’s a great honour for me to be announced as official driver of the 42 Racing team and to be driving in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for the upcoming season”, said the motivated youngster. “I want to thank NWES President – CEO Jerome Galpin and the EuroNASCAR organization for selecting me for the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program. After the tests I made in Fontenay Le Comte in November the series gave me the possibility to receive an important scholarship.”
“For me it’s a dream come true and I’ll give my best and work hard in order to fight for top results. I’m really pumped up, motivated and looking forward to racing all around Europe in those amazing and pure American V8 beasts,” concluded Garisto.
Due to the postponement of the Valencia race to the end of the season, the NASCAR GP UK will mark the season opener of the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship. Four exciting races will take place on June 6-7 at the iconic Indy Circuit of Brands Hatch.
Photo credits: Michael Großgarten, ML Photography and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
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.