NWES 2020 SEASON
EuroNASCAR driver Alex Sedgwick set for American NASCAR debut at Phoenix Raceway
The Brit is the 20th EuroNASCAR driver to cross the Atlantic and race in America
(November 5, 2020) – The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series proved again to be the perfect environment to start a NASCAR career and climb up the ladder: after competing in NWES in 2018 and 2019, Alex Sedgwick will make his debut in the United States. The 21-year-old Brit will travel to the other side of the Atlantic to take part in the ARCA Menards Series West final at Phoenix Raceway.
Sedgwick will pilot the #12w BELFOR Property Restoration Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing in the 100-lap Arizona Lottery 100.
Sedgwick’s path to the United States started when he joined the first edition of NWES Drivers Recruitment Program in 2017. Thanks to the DRP, he entered the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and scored 3 top-5s and 10 top-10s in 17 EuroNASCAR PRO races between 2018 and 2019. In 2020 he was invited to the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 in 2020 as a reward for his NWES achievements and immediately wanted to become a driver of America’s top tier stock car championship.
With the contacts he got through EuroNASCAR and his experience of driving V8-powered NASCAR cars in Europe, Sedgwick closed the deal to compete at Phoenix Raceway in the ARCA Menards Series West, one of the most important feeder series in the NASCAR world.
The Brit is fully aware that the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series has played a crucial part in making his dream come true: “I cannot wait to head out and get started. All of this has come around as a direct result of connections and relationships that I built whilst racing in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2018 and 2019, so it proves that the series works!”
“It really proves that EuroNASCAR is a great stepping stone, or the starting point for those with dreams of racing in the US. The opportunity to build experience in similar cars and, just as importantly, develop relationships within NASCAR and build your profile in the US is unlike anything else you can find on this side of the Atlantic,” said Sedgwick about the best opportunity in Europe to build up a NASCAR career.
Sedgwick will be in best company during the weekend as the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander & RV Outdoors Series champions will be crowned in Phoenix. The 1-mile oval in the desert of Arizona is home of the NASCAR finale for the first time and a guarantee for spectacular and exciting racing.
The ARCA Menards Series West race takes place on Saturday, November 7th at 20:00 CET and also crown the 2020 series champion
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.