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NASCAR announced today the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series calendar, with six top European circuits hosting the excitement of NASCAR racing at some of Europe’s most prestigious and historic tracks.
The schedule will take the series to six countries, with twelve rounds of racing for its ELITE Division 1 and ELITE Division 2. Each event will be highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races: Two for the ELITE 1 Division and two for the ELITE 2 Division.
New this year will be races at the legendary Hockenheimring in Germany and the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy. The series will also return to Valencia in Spain, Brands Hatch in England and Venray in Netherlands, before crowning the 2017 champion at Zolder in Belgium.
Built on the foundations of a very successful 2016 season that attracted thousands of fans every weekend, the ninth season of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series already promises to be the best in the history thanks to long-term partnerships with world class venues. With one of the most attractive and cost-effective formulas in motorsports, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series looks forward to 2017 to further consolidate its position among the best series in Europe.
“We are very proud of this calendar and honored to work with such amazing circuits and organizations,” said Jerome Galpin, president of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. “We will visit some of the greatest facilities in Motorsports and offer the fans one of the best racing experiences they can find in Europe, filled with pure racing in a fun American atmosphere. It’s also a tremendous value for every team, driver and their sponsors; no series in Europe can offer them a better and more cost-effective form of racing than NASCAR”.
“The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series has seen amazing growth and the fans have really embraced the series,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president. “We are excited about bringing the series to Hockenheimring and Franciacorta, and very pleased to continue our long-term relationships with four classic venues: Valencia, Brands Hatch, Venray and Zolder. Together, we are looking forward to unprecedented excitement in our European series and continuing the series’ progress.”
For the third consecutive year the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season opener will be held in Spain at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The track will host the third edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest on April 8-9.
The series will then head to Brands Hatch on June 10-11 for another marquee event reaching its fifth edition and attracting a larger crowd every year: the American Speedfest. Legendary Hockenheimring will make its debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series with a dedicated American-themed event on July 1-2 for the delight of the large German NASCAR fanbase, while Raceway Venray, the “fastest half-mile in Europe,” will close the regular season in spectacular fashion with four nail-biting oval races on July 15-16 in the context of the Autospeedway American Style event.
On September 16-17 the playoffs – awarding double points for each race – will begin at the Autodromo di Franciacorta. Located in the north of Italy near the Garda lake, the 2.519-km road course will host Euro NASCAR for the first time. After another huge success in 2016, Belgium will host the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals for the third consecutive year at Circuit Zolder and crown the 2017 European NASCAR Champion.
Anthony Kumpen, the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 1 Division champion, and other top drivers in the series will be honored in the United States next month. They will be on stage at the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Charlotte Convention Center / NASCAR Hall of Fame in North Carolina. The awards will be broadcast live on FansChoice.tv and simulcast on NASCARHomeTracks.com, in English, Spanish and French.
See below for the complete NASCAR Whelen Euro Series schedule
|April 8||Round 1||Valencia||Spain||Road Course||4.005 Km|
|April 9||Round 2||Valencia||Spain||Road Course||4.005 Km|
|June 10||Round 3||Brands Hatch Indy||Great Britain||Road Course||1.929 Km|
|June 11||Round 4||Brands Hatch Indy||Great Britain||Road Course||1.929 Km|
|July 1||Round 5||Hockenheimring||Germany||Road Course||3.692 Km|
|July 2||Round 6||Hockenheimring||Germany||Road Course||3.692 Km|
|July 15||Round 7||Raceway Venray||Netherlands||Oval||0.880 Km|
|July 16||Round 8||Raceway Venray||Netherlands||Oval||0.880 Km|
|–– PLAYOFFS: DOUBLE POINTS ––|
|September 16||Semi Final 1||Franciacorta||Italy||Road Course||2.519 Km|
|September 17||Semi Final 2||Franciacorta||Italy||Road Course||2.519 Km|
|October 14||Final 1||Circuit Zolder||Belgium||Road Course||4.011 Km|
|October 15||Final 2||Circuit Zolder||Belgium||Road Course||4.011 Km|