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BLOIS, France – As it continues to grow and cement its position among Europe’s leading championships, the Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series will increase its efforts to help facilitate that development and open new roads for European competitors to advance up the NASCAR Ladder.
Since its inception in 2009, the series has given its champion the chance to compete in a U.S.-based NASCAR event. The 2012 title-winner Ander Vilarino is expected to compete in next February’s UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway as the racing world prepares for the Dayton 500. In 2013, Euro-Racecar has set up a prize structure for the Elite Division champion to compete in 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series season while the winner of the Junior Trophy, which is an equivalent of Rookie of the Year, will be able to race in a North American NASCAR event. And again the series will continue to be a part of the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards in Charlotte, N.C.
To provide maximum entertainment for both fans and drivers, the series will run four races per scheduled date in 2013 with competitors split into two distinct classes – the Elite Championship for experienced professionals and the Open Championship for amateurs and young talent. Each division will hold its own practice sessions, qualifying and two 30-minute races, giving drivers more than two hours of track time throughout the weekend. While the competitors will race in separate championships, they will share cars and costs. This provides the opportunity to compete in an FIA-recognized international NASCAR series for less than the price of a national junior championship. Spectators, meanwhile, will be treated to four intense races during the course of a weekend event.
In addition to its points system and tradition of playoffs at the end of the season, further rules and procedures will be added next year to better conform to those used in the North American NASCAR series. More complete inspections of the cars, improved communication with teams and drivers during the event, double-file restarts and a three-person panel to rule on infractions will be added for next season.
"All of this will ensure our drivers are fully prepared to race in the United States," explains series organizer Jerome Galpin.
Fans of endurance racing will relish the chance to see the six-hour Euro-Racecar event at Motorland Aragon (Spain) on Sept. 1 with points scored during the 24 regular Elite and Open division races counting towards the Spanish Challenge.
The 2013 season of Euro-Racecar is sure to be entertaining as the NASCAR culture continues to be introduced to European race fans.