Whelen Motorsports

Victor Gonzalez Jr. and Joe Lax partner to start a new team in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

NWES • May 27, 2014

VGJL Motorsports will make its debut at Brands Hatch fielding the #17 Alpinestars Toyota

Blois, France - Puerto Rican NASCAR driver Victor Gonzalez Jr. and Sprint Cup Series crew chief Joe Lax announced today the birth of VGJL Motorsports, a new team that will make its debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in the next round of the series, which will take place in Brands Hatch in less than two weeks.

The team will rely on the vast experience of both Gonzalez Jr. and Lax to be competitive from the first practice session. In 2009 Gonzalez Jr. became the first Puerto Rican driver to compete in a top level NASCAR series - the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Montreal - and last year took part in two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, while the Goochland, Virginia native crew chief worked in top-level Sprint Cup Series teams and guided J.J. Yeley to a top-10 finish in the 2013 Daytona 500 for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

"I think there really is a lot of potential in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, that’s why I’m bringing in someone like Joe Lax, who worked for Hendrick Motorsports and was part of Bill Davis Racing 2002 Daytona 500 winning Team," said Gonzalez Jr., who debuted in the European NASCAR championship at Valencia. "We can definitely be a great team and bring more and more drivers from the States, the Caribbean, Central and South America to compete in a very professional series on amazing tracks."

VGJL Motorsports will certainly contribute to the recognized international status of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series: "We are very happy to welcome this team coming from America. Victor is a great guy, who come with the right spirit to race NASCAR in Europe. They have a huge experience in the USA and the challenge for them will be to adapt to our cars and tracks. Victor perfectly caught the vision we have in Europe to build a cost affordable series that is the perfect place to develop NASCAR drivers. I’m sure they will have success !" said Jerome Galpin, President-CEO of the official European NASCAR Series.

"We’re going to be in Brands Hatch with one car - the #17 Alpinestars Toyota Camry - to build our reputation and thanks to partners like Alpinestars we think we can grow really strong and bring more drivers after the Tours weekend," said Gonzalez. "We can’t wait to get this program started!"

The historic Brands Hatch Indy Circuit will host the second round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and VGJL Motorsports’ debut on June 7-8 for long-awaited second edition of the American Speedfest.