TOURS, France – For the first time in NASCAR history, two international series, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series run in Canada, will exchange two drivers for one race in each other’s championship later this season. This exchange will take place at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) in August (10-11-12), and in October (19-20-21) at the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season final at Zolder in Belgium.
The European driver who will race at the GP3R will be determined by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series standings following this coming weekend’s Oval World Challenge in Tours (France).Euro NASCAR’s ELITE 1 points leader at the end of the regular season will join Dumoulin Competition in Canada to drive a Spectra PremiumTM team car on the famous Canadian GP3R street course on August 12th.
The Euro-Canadian exchange will further add to the seven American NASCAR races that title and trophy winners will get as a reward for their European success at the end of the season and the Goodwood Festival Of Speed invitation the squad leading the Teams Championship will get after Tours.
"Among the goals we set with for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, providing this kind of opportunity for our drivers is a very important one, so I am particularly happy to see our points leader cross the Atlantic to race at Trois-Rivières. It reinforces the great relationship between NASCAR Series at an international level and gives our drivers one more chance to shine. Adding this fantastic opportunity in Canada to the races in the US, we add important recognition to our Championship and Trophy winners. This development confirms that the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is definitely one of the most attractive championships in Europe for every kind of driver!" said Jerome Galpin, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President / CEO.
Spectra PremiumTM, which has developed high-performance radiators for several stockcar series and recently launched its automotive parts for the European market, made this driver exchange possible.
"This exciting idea creates an opportunity to showcase two major initiatives that were implemented in 2017: Spectra Premium’s commitment as a manufacturer and sponsor of motorsports, and its recent launch into the European market. Earlier this year, we reached new milestones in the development of a competitive high-performance radiator that helps in bringing teams to victory lane, and now we are turning to this driver exchange program to bolster our visibility in Europe," said Jason Best, Senior Vice-President, Aftermarket, Spectra Premium Industries.
On October 20th, Canadian driver and Spectra PremiumTM Ambassador Jean-Francois Dumoulin will compete in the ELITE 1 Division in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series final event for 2018 at Zolder, the historic Belgian track, the second race of this driver exchange.
"We started discussing the possibilities of this exchange project five years ago, always looking for realistic ways to make it happen. I thought it was a great idea and really wanted to be part of it. As Ambassador for Spectra PremiumTM, building relationships that would help us move successfully into the European markets was always at the forefront of my thinking. As a driver, hosting the ELITE 1 points leader of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series at the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix is an honour for our team as well as for Spectra PremiumTM. We all feel the same way about our visit to Zolder, the famous Belgian track, for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series final, a major event for all concerned. This marks a notable first for both NASCAR Pinty’s and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and the start of a sound business venture for Spectra PremiumTM," explained the driver of the #04 Spectra PremiumTM car.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is in action this weekend at Tours, France for the Oval World Challenge, the last round of the 2018 regular season and the only NASCAR oval race outside North America.