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BLOIS, France – In addition to cameos by America’s Ben Kennedy and Frenchman Eric Hélary, three-time FIA World Touring Car Championship winner Yvan Muller joins the Euro-Racecar Series entry list for the Tours Speedway round set for July 7-8 in what is shaping up to be the European automotive event of the year.
The Chevrolet Cruze WTCC driver, who secured world titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011, is set to swap his regular ride for the American manufacturer's Camaro model in a Euro-Racecar appearance. The Tours Speedway event will be the first NASCAR touring series oval event staged in Europe.
“After 33 years of racing I'm still learning new things, so I'm very happy to be part of this experience,” said Muller. “I join the series as a rookie and will have everything to learn about oval racing. I don't know a great deal about it so I'm free to embark on the adventure without pressure.”
Muller, born in Altkirch, France which is situated on the western French border near Germany and Switzerland, will join reigning series champion Hélary's Still Racing outfit. He will share the No. 100 Chevrolet Camaro/Still Racing-Convergence machine with Open class driver Stéphane Sabates. The connection with Hélary will bring Muller full circle in his career.
“It gives me particular pleasure to work with Eric Hélary, because we raced each other 30 years ago in go-karts,” Muller stated. “It's funny to see that we’re both still involved in motorsport, especially with him now becoming a team manager – my team manager, no less. So I'm definitely going to appreciate the human side of this experience.”
This previous relationship was a key factor in Muller’s decision to participate at Tours Speedway despite a previous commitment to the Le Mans Classic over the same weekend.
In addition to connecting with an old friend and rival, Muller will get to compete in the 450-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro which is a very different beast from the Frenchman’s usual machinery which is geared for agility as opposed to raw power.