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FRIDAY FEATURE: Turn In The Road

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

It is 4,448 miles – or 7,157 kilometers, if you will – between Paris, France, and Daytona Beach, Florida.

The gap between European racers and their NASCAR dreams, though, has grown considerably smaller thanks to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

In its second year under the NASCAR banner, the European-based stock-car series is not just making enormous strides with its on-track competition, but it’s become a gateway for drivers looking for the opportunity to pursue their dreams of racing in the highest levels of NASCAR.

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Gabillon Tops In Tours

By Stéphane Enout, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

TOURS, France – For having never raced on an oval track before this weekend, Frédéric Gabillon must be quick on the uptake. 

The French-born driver collected his second NASCAR Whelen Euro Series victory in as many days in the Tours Evenement 100 at Tours Speedway on Sunday after claiming his second pole position of the weekend earlier in the day.

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Gabillon Storms To Tours Win

By Stéphane Enout, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

TOURS, France – Frédéric Gabillon took center stage by winning the Michelin 100 in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series action on Saturday at Tour Speedway.

Even though the series competes at some of the most iconic tracks in Europe, the Tours event is the one every competitor circles on the calendar. As the lone oval-track event on the schedule it is a special race to win.

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Whelen Euro Series New & Notes: Tours

By Stéphane Enout, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

BLOIS, France – What better place than the Tours Speedway to host the first event for the newly rebranded NASCAR Whelen Euro Series? 

The new name for the official NASCAR series in Europe was introduced on July 1 in Paris. The long-term partnership between Team FJ and Whelen Engineering that will run through the 2019 season gave birth to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The ceremony was held on Quai de Grenelle in Paris and took place between the Parisian Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.

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A New Era In Europe

Official Release

BLOIS, France – NASCAR, Whelen Engineering and Team FJ are pleased to announce a longterm partnership represented by the launch of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, the new name of the NASCAR European touring series.

The entitlement sponsorship deal is effective immediately and is through 2019. The first event under the new NASCAR Whelen Euro Series name will be July 6-7 at France’s Tours Speedway.

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Papis Enters Tours & Monza Events

Euro Racecar Series Release

BLOIS, France – Italian driver Max Papis has entered for the race on the Tours Speedway (Indre-et-Loire) on July 6-7, and for the Italian round on his home turf on the Monza circuit on Sept. 28-29.

Papis is an eclectic driver who has racked an impressive set of results in all categories of motor sport, and he is the perfect example of a European racer competing at the top level in the NASCAR International Series. He was intrigued by the success of the Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series with the European fans and will drive for the No. 33 OverDrive team.

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Record Setter For Vilarino

By Stéphane Enout, Euro-Racecar

LONGFIELD, U.K. – The first American SpeedFest at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit is in the books and it proved to be a record-setting event with Ander Vilarino collecting his sixth consecutive Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series victory.

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Vilarino Remains Perfect

By Stéphane Enout, Euro-Racecar

LONGFIELD, U.K. – Ander Vilarino won the first Elite Division race on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit at the American SpeedFest on Saturday in Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series action. 

The Spaniard scored his fifth victory of the season in five outings, but it didn’t come easy. 

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Road To The USA For Young Drivers

By Stéphane Enout, Euro-Racecar

BLOIS, France – Since coming under the NASCAR umbrella prior to the 2012 season the Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series is a place for driver development for those aspiring to the upper levels of stock-car racing. With the help of Pierjacomini Management a new program has been put in place to prepare young drivers as young as 14 years of age to race in NASCAR events.

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Euro-Racecar News & Notes: Brands Hatch

By Stéphane Enout, Euro-Racecar

BLOIS, France – The fifth and sixth rounds of the Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series will take place on June 8-9 on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. With an American Speedfest theme, the event will have an American motorsport feel to give the English fans a taste of NASCAR. Drivers representing 13 nationalities will be on hand to try and end the domination of Ander Vilarino and Josh Burdon in the Elite and Open classifications, respectively.

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