For the second year, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series launches its Drivers Recruitment Program to find the best drivers representing different backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers.
NWES and its partners will invite selected prospects to participate in a test during one of the recruitment test days that will be held in Europe between October 2018 and March 2019. Following these tests, the best prospects will receive scholarships from 10 000 to 40 000 € to enter the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season.
Drivers from all over the world can enter the program by submitting their resumes and racing references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE RECRUITMENT TEST DAYS
NWES TEST TRACK, FONTENAY LE COMTE, FRANCE
AUTODROMO DI FRANCIACORTA, BRESCIA, ITALY
SPECIAL BEGINNERS PROGRAM
The Elite Club Challenge is specially designed for drivers wanting to discover EuroNASCAR and have fun in a friendly atmosphere. It’s a regularity time contest organized during the NWES events. Some scholarships of 2000 to 4000 € will be attributed to beginner drivers.
To apply this program beginner drivers must meet the following requirements :
• Open to everyone, having or not a racing experience.
• Want to discover NASCAR racing without pressure
• Be eligible for a racing license
• Be able to gather a minimum budget of 10 000 €
WHO SHOULD APPLY
The NWES Drivers Recruitment Program is open to all drivers:
• Top drivers with the goal to make history and write their names in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.
• Young talents willing to build themselves a NASCAR career
• Female drivers eager to battle for the title and the Lady Cup
• Drivers wanting to compete at high level and have great fun at affordable cost
• Special development program for Karting drivers without car-racing experience
FOR THE COMPETITION: The best drivers in Europe battle for the NASCAR European crown, the NWES Champion's ring and to put their name in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame alongside the legends of NASCAR. Special trophies to reward every kind of driver: Junior, Challenger, Legend, Rookie, Ladies.
FOR YOUR CAREER: NWES is the ideal stepping stone to build a professional career for every driver aspiring to race in NASCAR or other US Series. Many NWES drivers already crossed the ocean thanks to NWES to race in the US at the highest levels : NASCAR Monster Energy Cup, NASCAR Xfinity Series, …
FOR THE FUN: With its 400 HP thunderous V8, absolutely no electronic aids and a driving feeling that fascinated some of the brightest stars in motorsports, the Euro NASCAR car has quickly become the ultimate challenge and a must drive for any kind of driver. Tens of thousands of fans flock to the best European tracks to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the NWES events.
8 drivers were selected in the class of 2018 : Loris Hezemans and Alex Sedgwick are battling for the Junior Trophy in their first NASCAR season, while Alexander Graff, Mauro Trione and Francesco Sini are all racing in the ELITE 1 Division. Maxim Pampel, Pierluigi Veronesi and Nicholas Risitano joined the ELITE 2 Division and the latter is a Rookie Cup contender.
"It was great to see so many drivers come to Fontenay to see what the NASCAR Euro Series was about, to give it a try and see if they like it. It is a fun and very competitive series and I was really encouraged by the number of drivers who tested. I am sure this year will be just as successful."
"Before driving a NASCAR I thought it was a car that wouldn't brake, wouldn't go around the corners and wouldn't be fast on the straights, but when you actually drive a Euro NASCAR, you understand it is a very different kind of driving and the car is the exact opposite of what you thought. It’s a car you can really play around with. You can still drive with some oversteer: not all the laps will be perfect, but it’s challenging and very satisfying to drive and it’s really old-school, which is very nice. The atmosphere in the paddock is great and it's you as a driver, together with your team, to make a difference rather than being dependent on a manufacturer performing better or on the BOP, plus budget-wise you can have a lot of fun and career opportunities for an affordable price."
"When I came across the Recruitment Program last year, I thought it was a dream come true. I've always dreamed of racing in NASCAR, especially in the US, and the Euro Series is the first step towards it. What the Euro NASCAR offers through the Recruitment Program is first of all a way get to have a taste of the car and the series. I had the pleasure to meet both NWES President Jerome Galpin and NASCAR legend Bobby Labonte in my first test. The whole experience really drove me to enter the championship. I knew NASCAR was something I wanted to do, but the Program really convinced me and the support you get with it is unrivaled. The support you get thrugout the year is invaluable."
THE EURO NASCAR CAR
Engine: V8 5,7 Liters NWES, 400 bhp, Torque 55 m/kg
Transmission: Rear wheels drive, 4 speed gearbox, dog-rings
Brakes: Calipers - 4 pot monobloc, Discs- 330 mm vented
Top Speed: 250 km/h
Weight: 1210 kg – 2650 lbs
Length: 5080 mm - Width: 1950 mm
Wheelbase: 2740 mm
Tires: MICHELIN (dry and wet)
Safety: FIA certified tubular chassis, FIA certified equipments
Parity: Same car for every driver, same parts on every car, major components sealed, fiberglass composite body