NWES • September 16, 2013
Blois, France - Newcomer in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series this year and currently second in the ELITE category, Frederic Gabillon produced an outstanding performance in July at Tours Speedway. The Frenchman will now cross the Atlantic to take part in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race held at Road Atlanta next month.
Winner of both ELITE races at Tours Speedway, Gabillon will be in Road Atlanta for the NASCAR K&N East race on October 18th. The 37-year-old will drive the #51 car prepared by Jerome Galpin's Team FJ in collaboration with Rick Ware Racing.
Initially due to compete in NASCAR K&N West at Miller Motorsports Park in September, the driver of the #5 Rapido Racing by Still Chevrolet in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will finally go for the first time in the United States:
"We should have been at Miller but due to some logistics difficulties, we had to change our plans. I am happy because, even if I have never been to America, I have always wanted to go there."
Immediately after arriving in Georgia, on Tuesday October 15th, the Frenchman will directly get to the heart of the matter as he will sit in his car for the first time before taking part in the practice sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The following day, Friday October 18th, Frederic Gabillon will take part in the NASCAR K&N East race which serves as curtain-raiser to the famous ALMS 'Petit le Mans' round.
The 37-year-old frenchman knows exactly what he has to do if he wants to make a name for himself in the USA: "As a European it will probably be easier to be competitive on a road course than on an oval. This could be seen as pretentious, but if the car is running well, my aim is to be on top. It has to work, I cannot lose time because I am not at the beginning of my motorsport career."
To end this american week on a high, Jerome Galpin invited Gabillon to discover the world of NASCAR from the inside. They will go together at Talladega Superspeedway where they will attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
After Anthony Gandon - who took part in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races this summer - Thomas Ferrando and Ulysse Delsaux, Gabillon proves once again that the European NASCAR Championship sees big benefit in crossover traffic.
Currently second in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series' ELITE category, 28 points adrift of the reigning Champion Ander Vilarino, Frederic Gabillon is traning very hard to tackle the last four races of the season at Monza (28/29 September) and Le Mans (12/13 October) in good shape.
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