NASCAR GP ITALY
Dauenhauer grabs the first EuroNASCAR 2 pole of the season
The German dominates qualifying at Vallelunga
(September 12, 2020) – Hendriks Motorsport rookie Tobias Dauenhauer was impressive in his first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series qualifying session at the Autodromo di Vallelunga. The German grabbed the first EuroNASCAR 2 pole position of the season with a dominant 1’40.574 lap around the 4 Kilometers of the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi at the wheel of the #50 Mustang at the end of the 30-minute session.
“I’m very happy to perform well as a rookie in my first EuroNACAR race weekend,” said the Hendriks Motorsport driver. “The car was just perfect, Hendriks Motorsport did an incredible job. I’m so excited to be part of the series with my partner RZ Oil Germany this year. I’m really looking forward to the first race and I hope we can keep up the good pace we had in Qualifying. Everything is possible today, so we just have to keep on working.”
Dauenhauer, who already impressed earlier this year by finishing second in the EuroNASCAR Esports Series on iRacing, inflicted a .328 gap to fellow rookie Andreas Jochimsen. The DF1 Racing driver of the #66 Chevrolet was followed by another newcomer, Feed Vict Racing’s Simon Pilate, making it an all rookie top-3.
Two NWES veterans, Hendriks Motorsport’s Vittorio Ghirelli and Feed Vict Racing’s Alessandro Brigatti, rounded out the top-5.
Alex Ciompi, ENES Champion Andre Castro, Vladimiros Tziortzis, Guillaume Dumarey and Nicholas Risitano completed the top-10.
Due to a technical infringement, Jochimsen was given a 3-position penalty on the grid that demoted him to 5th on the grid. Pilate, Ghirelli and Brigatti all gained a spot.
Julia Landauer was quickest in the Lady Trophy in 12th place at the wheel of the #11 PK Carsport Camaro, while Arianna Casoli led the Legend Trophy in 18th position.
EuroNASCAR 2 Round 1 will go live from the Delphix / NSR American Festival Of Rome at 12:10 CEST. The race will be broadcasted live on the EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitch profile as well as on Motorsport.tv and for the first time in Italy on the 228 SKY Channel MS Motor TV.
Photo credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series was founded in 2008 by Team FJ 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, 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 divisions, on the best European tracks. 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.