2020 NWES SEASON
NWES enters eSports : Four NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers to guest-star in Italian iRacing “Cin Cup Series”
Hezemans, Day, Maggi and Brigatti will race at virtual Watkins Glen on Monday night
(March 21, 2020) – Four NASCAR Whelen Euro Series stars will hit the virtual track on Monday by competing as special guests in the Italian iRacing Cin Cup Series. Reigning EuroNASCAR champion Loris Hezemans, two-time champion Alon Day, EuroNASCAR 2 runner-up Giorgio Maggi and up-and-coming Italian talent Alessandro Brigatti will compete door-to-door against local simracing veterans – the likes of Antonio Miccolis, Alessio Fabbri and Matteo Bortolotti – and many other esports enthusiasts.
The first step of the NWES project to increase exchanges between EuroNASCAR and the simracing world, the showdown will take place at virtual Watkins Glen on Monday, March 23 starting from 20:00 CET. For the occasion, the event counting towards the i-CIN regular season has been branded “NWES 110 at the Glen” and will be streamed live on the EuroNASCAR and SimRacingLeagueTV Youtube channels.The NWES 110 at the Glen will represent the perfect opportunity for the Italian NASCAR simracers to fulfill their dream of competing against real-life NASCAR drivers, while for the NWES drivers it will make for a special moment to share with the fans.
“I am very excited about joining the I-CIN for the upcoming Cin Cup Series race at Watkins Glen,” said Loris Hezemans. So far Alon, Giorgio and I joined the training sessions and the competition from the front guys looks pretty good. It’s really nice that even in these difficult times we are able to still enjoy our passion for racing in some way and share it with the fans.” said Hezemans.
“We are going through hard times right now all over the world. I feel so sad to see motorsports events getting cancelled and postponed, but this is the reality and I am happy to see that Italians haven’t given up and they keep the flame of the passion alive,” said Alon Day. “I came into racing through simulators, and racing virtually is the same for me as reality so all I know is that I will give my best to win everything I can. But more important than anything else right now, is to keep everybody safe and healthy so we can go back to the car as soon as possible.”
Dating back to 2002, i-CIN is the oldest simracing league in Italy and Alessio Fabbri won the championship three times in his career.
“It’s really exciting to be able to race against drivers coming from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, some of which also had real life experiences in NASCAR in the US. At the same time it is also a great opportunity for all of us simracers. I can’t wait to be on track with them on Monday!” said Fabbri.
With the goal to bring NWES drivers and fans virtually together, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will continue exploring opportunities with local simracing series all over Europe willing to accept the challenge of the EuroNASCAR stars.
Photo credits: i-cin.it / Giuseppe Curcio 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.