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NASCAR Whelen Euro Series: What’s New in 2015

NWES • April 20, 2015

All you need to know about the upcoming season

Daytona Beach, FL - April 20th, 2015 - The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will kick-off in Valencia on April 25-26 with the second edition of an event that in 2014 brought to the Spanish 2,517-miles track more than 14.000 spectators and it’s time to take a look at what’s new for 2015 in the official European NASCAR Series. Race fans, start your engines!

Calendar: 6 NASCAR-centered events and a new half-mile oval

For the first time in the Series’ history, all the six weekend in the 2015 calendar will be american-themed events with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series featuring as the main event and all sorts of racing and family-entertainment on and around the track to create a unique atmosphere for the fans, but also for the protagonists of the show.

Two new entries will highlight the NWES calendar. The first one will be the second event of the season and will take place on May 23-24 on the very impressive half-mile oval of Raceway Venray, which will host the first edition of Autospeedway American Style.

Confirmed and hugely successful events at Brands Hatch (June 6-7) and Tours Speedway (June 27-28) will complete the regular season. The playoffs, awarding double points for each race, will begin for second consecutive year in Italy, at Magione. The Finals will have a new home this year in Belgium, at Circuit Zolder. The historic 2.492-miles road course will host the first edition of the Circuit Zolder American Festival on October 3-4 which promises to be a very popular event.

Sporting Rules: New qualifying and race formats

European fans will definitely enjoy a great show since Saturday morning with the new formats NWES will adopt for qualifying and races. ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 qualifying sessions will now be held with a new Knockout format, inspired by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: after an 8-minute first round, the top-12 drivers on the timesheet will access a 5-minute Superpole round that will determine the pole position and the first 6 rows of the grid.

Each of the four races of the weekend will now be around 60 Kilometers long and measured in laps instead of time, allowing the implementation of full NASCAR procedures like the Green-White-Checkered Finish. Thrilling dashes to the finish line coming soon!

The grid will be limited to 28 full-season entries, although on road courses part-time entries will be admitted. Only the 28 cars entered for the full-season will have a guaranteed spot on the grid and will be eligible for prize money.

Technical Rules: refining the package for an even better show!

Already featuring one of the best racing products in Europe, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series dedicated the winter break to refine the product and enhance the racing experience both for fans and drivers.

A new lateral exhaust system extracts an even better, baritonal sound from EuroNASCAR’s V8 engine and also improves the cockpit’s airflow, all keeping the noise levels well inside the European laws. Oh, and it throws flames!

Other technical enhancements focus on better cooling both for the engine and the brakes, although keeping costs under control. The new cooling package, together with the latest development brought to the NWES tires by Michelin, will most definitely lead to the fall of many track records.

Prizes: A total of 250.000€ to be distributed, Races in the US and much more

With a total exceeding the 250.000€ mark, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will once again distribute one of the biggest prize money in Europe. All kind of drivers will be able to find their dimension and will be rewarded both for their results in the single races, in the final points standings and in the special Trophies highlighting the EuroNASCAR season.

Thanks to the recently announced partnership with Nexteer Automotive that created the Nexteer Road To Daytona program, eight drivers will win a race in NASCAR in the US: ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 Division Champions, Trophy and Cup winners - Junior "Jerome Sarran" Trophy for ELITE 1 drivers aged 25 or less, Challenger Trophy for the best non-professional ELITE 1 driver, Gentleman Trophy for the best ELITE 2 bronze driver, Legend Trophy for the best ELITE 2 driver aged 50 or more, Lady Cup for the best ELITE 2 female driver and Rookie Cup for the best ELITE 2 debutant driver.

Eligible teams will also take part in a prize program distributing a total of 60.000€ and thanks to partners like Silverline Tools, they will also be part of special initiatives designed to provide them with equipment and other benefits.

Champion driver and Team Owner, as well as the ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 drivers scoring the most pole positions during the season, will be rewarded with luxury chronographs thanks to the great relationship between NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Race and Win.

It’s time to turn on the engines for a new exciting season!