Euro NASCAR
3rd race: Most, Czech Republic
November 14th & 15th

 

NASCAR 2020: ANYWHERE IS POSSIBLE IN EUROPE

When you think of NASCAR racing, it’s all US-American: The smell of oil and fuel, a thrilling competition in equal conditions.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series capture a European audience with these emotions and thrills: In 7 countries and race weekends, throughout 26 races. The challenge though, are the European tracks. They are a mix of various tracks famous from other motorsport events and even include a classic NASCAR oval. Competing in Europe demands a whole different set of abilities from driver and machine alike.

We are excited for the upcoming season. It is a great opportunity to put our tyres to the ultimate test!

Guy Frobisher, Senior Project Manager
 

INTRODUCING THE TRACKS

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NASCAR @ Vallelunga "Piero Taruffi" Racing Circuit, Rome, Italy

September 12 to September 13, 2020

The racetrack named after the former Formula 1 driver Piero Taruffi is located approximately 30 kilometers North of Rome and was built in 1951. After several expansions the track today is 4,085 meters long and is driven clockwise. The drivers have to pass ten bends (three on the left and seven on the right) on a lane width of 11 meters before the final sprint on the finishing straight with a lane width of 14 meters. It is a technically demanding track which is why it is used as a test track by many Formula 1 Teams such as Ferrari, Williams as well as formerly Toyota. The track is also used as a venue for many motorsport races. For example, the World Superbikes Championship was held there in 2007 and 2008.

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NASCAR @ Circuit Zolder, Zolder, Belgium

October 3 to October 4, 2020

6 right and 4 left turns—including 3 chicanes—must be conquered in Zolder, southeast of Antwerp. Like many other European courses, it looks back on a long and eventful history including Formula 1 races in the 70s and 80s. The course on 4.011 km asphalt is driven clockwise and is considered demanding with its hill jumps and blind bends. While the first section is smooth to drive, the second section is tough and calls for calculated braking maneuvers by the talented NASCAR drivers.

A bird’s-eye view of the quiet track at Autodrom Most.

Autodrom Most

Upcoming Race: NASCAR @ Autodrom Most, Most, Czech Republic

November 14 to November 15, 2020

With a combination of 12 right-hand and 9 left-hand bends, the 4.212 km long course is curvy and challenging. It is driven clockwise and perfect for NASCAR races: The comparatively straight and thus fast first section of 792 m length is followed by a real roller coaster ride, which requires solid driving skills.

Top-down view of the busy pit at the Valencia circuit.

A view of the pit of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, 2018

NASCAR @ Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain

December 5 to December 6, 2020

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo was first opened in 1999 and is therefore comparably young. Climate-wise it is fairly mild due to its location close to the eastern coast of Spain.

In Valencia, Euro NASCAR drivers take the course counter-clockwise on a length of 4.005 km, facing 9 left and 5 right turns along with a straight run that is the longest straightway in the Euro NASCAR season. Particularly the curve after a chicane, right before the finish line, takes some skill. All-in-all, a dynamic and exciting track.

Wide view shortly after race start of the crowded Brands Hatch track.

And they’re off!

NASCAR @ Brands Hatch, Fawkham, England, UK

Postponed

This route has a long tradition going back to the 1940s and is about 30 km southeast of London. It may look inconspicuous at first—but it packs its own punch: The NASCAR track in the UK is 1,929 km long and has 4 right bends and 2 left bends clockwise considered demanding by the NASCAR drivers, as they can be underestimated due to the strong variation in cornering speeds.

Crew, drivers and others waiting around the starting block as the stands fill.

The calm before the race

NASCAR @ Raceway Venray, Venray, Netherlands

Postponed

The track also known as Circuit de Peel is considered to be the fastest oval circuit in Europe. The only 800 m long circuit with its 4 high-banked turns corresponds to a classic ½ mile oval NASCAR drivers are familiar with. It is typically driven counterclockwise and offers a thrilling show made of high speeds and side-by-side action in classic NASCAR fashion.

Bird’s-eye view of a hairpin curve at the empty Hockenheimring

The Sachscurve at Hockenheimring

NASCAR @ Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany

Postponed

The traditional and legendary track guarantees a dynamic race on 3,692 km. On the fast sections with exciting overtaking opportunities, every chance has to be exploited, and that plays a large part in making Hockenheim one of the fastest tracks in the calendar. For the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Hockenheimring plays host to the semifinal for the second time. This race plays a major role in the battle for the title—while it’s not possible to win the title by placing first in the semifinals, history has already proven that it’s possible to lose the chance for the title. Hosting the 2020 NWES Finals at the legendary Hockenheimring Germany will become the third country to host the EuroNASCAR Finals after France and Belgium.

NEW TO NASCAR? HERE YOU CAN FIND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the NASCAR rule changes in 2020?

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series 2020 season is subject to the following changes:

A penalty system for drivers’ behaviour is being implemented in order to maintain a high level of fair play among the participants. Rule violation will automatically result in Behaviour Warning Points (BWP). Reaching the amount of four BWPs the driver will be set back five places on the grid for the next race, the consequence of cumulating five BWPs will be a 10-place grid penalty. A driver with six BWPs on the account will have to start from the pits.

With every sanction the drivers BWP account will be reduced by three points. By not committing any rule violations during a race weekend, two BWPs will be subtracted from the driver’s account.

How does the NASCAR point system work?

At the end of a NASCAR Whelen Europe Series race in 2020, points are awarded as follows:

  • 1st place: 40 points
  • 2nd place: 35 points
  • 3rd place: 34 points
  • 4th through last place: points reduced by one for each placement

4 bonus points are awarded to the driver who gained the most places during the race.

In the last three race weekends (six races)  of the NASCAR Euro season - Zolder, Hockenheim and Valencia - the so-called "playoffs", the points for the winners are doubled:

  • 1st place: 80 points
  • 2nd place: 70 points
  • 3rd place: 68 points

8 bonus points are awarded to the driver who gained the most places during the race.

What are NASCAR Elite 1 and Elite 2 championships?

NASCAR Elite 1 driver championship is intended for gold-, silver- and bronze-drivers:

  • Junior J. Sarran trophy for drivers younger than 25 years
  • Challenger Trophy for amateurs

NASCAR Elite 2 driver championship is only intended for silver- and bronze-drivers:

  • Legend Trophy for drivers at the age of 40 or higher
  • Rookie Cup
  • Lady Cup
What is NASCAR team championship?

The team with the highest score in the Elite 1 and Elite 2 championships will also be the team champion.

What is NASCAR Nations Cup?

The Nations Cup is an additional format since 2018. Driver countries with the highest total score are awarded either bronze, silver or gold medals during each race weekend.

The cars entering position on the track, with people still milling around.

Preparing the line-up.


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing—in short NASCAR—is a company that sanctions and operates stock car races on a global scale. Its beginnings and roots are in Daytona Beach, Florida of the late 40s, the birthplace of American stock car races and home to the Daytona 500. The strong American roots characterize all NASCAR races, now including the sponsoring of the Whelen Euro Series by General Tire.

It was in Daytona where the NASCAR has played a great part in the growth of stock car races as they are today. It was actually the NASCAR founder, William France Senior, who thought and realized the Daytona International Speedway.

Another staple of stock car races: the race cars themselves. The cars are the reason why they’re still named stock car races. In the early years, only production cars were permitted to the races. Today, the NASCAR cars are purpose-built race cars with a strong connection with their production counterparts.

All competing NASCAR teams have the same initial conditions: The same NWES engine, chassis, gearbox, weight, safety features—and tyres, in this case General Tire up to 2024. Three body kits—all equivalent in performance—are available: Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Toyota Camry.


Vintage photo of a crowded coastal section of the Daytona Beach and Road Course during a NASCAR race with old vehicles.

Daytona Beach Road Course

NASCAR has its roots in classic stock car racing, which grew during the Prohibition (1922–1933). What started out as a black-market trade to deliver moonshine to buyers has now long since established itself as exciting and demanding sport. While delivery drivers for moonshine "modded" their cars to increase their speed and carrying capacity, later stock car drivers made modifications to outrace each other in placed like the Daytona Beach and Road Course in Florida.

Some moments of NASCAR history:

  • February 1948: Bill France Senior incorporates NASCAR. The first race takes place on the Beach and Road Course in Daytona.
  • June 19, 1949: First Strictly Stock Race (comparable to today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) on the Charlotte Fairgrounds Speedway.
  • February 22, 1959: First Daytona 500.
  • February 18, 1979: First TV NASCAR live transmission of the Daytona 500 in US-America. And it has the viewers on the edges of their seats when Richard Petty manages to take the lead in the last lap.
  • August 6, 1994: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is added to the list of NASCAR tracks.
  • 2012: The previously-named Racecar Euro-Series (now the Whelen Euro Series) officially becomes a NASCAR sanctioned series.
  • October 25, 2018: Start of the official partnership between the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and General Tire.
NASCAR Euro Whelen Series Logo

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series started out as race car series organized by French Team FJ in 2009. Back then, it was named Racecar Series and the tracks were mainly located in France. Towards the end of 2010, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced the Racecar Euro-Series as officially recognized international race series. As a result, the number of venues in Europe increased in 2011.

Just another year later, the founders of the Racecar Euro-Series entered an agreement with NASCAR. The Euro Series adopted the NASCAR rules and became an official NASCAR sanctioned series. The renaming to NASCAR Whelen Euro Series followed in 2013.

Euro NASCAR brings the characteristic spirt and the exciting competition typical of NASCAR to the Old Continent, mixing it with a unique European flavor.

The best European NASCAR drivers are participating in the newly called EuroNASCAR PRO championship (former ELITE 1 Division) fighting for the European NASCAR title. The former ELITE 2 Division, meant for emerging young talents and amateur drivers, changed its name to EuroNASCAR 2 championship and will still be a steppingstone for a career start in NASCAR.

 

NASCAR HIGHLIGHTS 2019

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The Euro NASCAR Car

The General Tire branded car (see image) is a fine example of how spectacular a Euro NASCAR car can look in race trim—though General Tire does not intend to put it on the start grid just yet. It proudly symbolizes the cooperation between General Tire and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and will be seen regularly at exhibitions and promotional events such as the “Autosport International”. Of course, cars cannot race without an approved number, and the General Tire car was assigned the number 61 as a conscious choice; with clever styling, the number 61 is visually similar to the brand initials “GT”.

The Euro NASCAR car in white with all sponsors visible.

The Euro NASCAR car

  • NASCAR Engine: V8 5.7 litre NWES, 400 bhp, torque 55 m/kg
  • Transmission: rear wheel drive, 4-speed gearbox
  • Brakes: 4 pot monobloc calipers, 330 mm vented discs
  • Top speed: 250 km/h
  • Weight: 1210 kg / 2650 lbs
  • Length: 5080 mm
  • Width: 1950 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2740 mm
  • Safety: FIA-certified tubular chassis, FIA-certified equipment
  • Parity: same car for every driver, same parts on every car; major components sealed, fiberglass composite body


NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and General Tire make ideal partners, not least because of the rich American heritage we share.

Guy Frobisher, Senior Project Manager
 

OUR EURO NASCAR TYRES — FROM THE US TO EUROPE

The tyres were specifically engineered in Plymouth, Indiana, with the demanding NASCAR conditions in mind. Though these differ in Europe, as the European tracks are mostly circuits instead of classic ovals: Tyres must be able to endure through curves of various angles while also suiting a variety of different asphalt tracks. Even the weather conditions of the various countries must be taken into account to always keep the NASCAR cars safe on the track.

All alongside the well-known NASCAR racing conditions, such as driving distances and time, even vehicle weight and speed must be considered.

Based on the experiences collected throughout the first race series in 2019 a new evolution of the General Tire’s slick and rain tires was developed for the 2020 NWES season. Since the NWES regulations limit the allowed amount of tires per driver to 20 due to strict cost control and efficiency requirements, the adjustments were not only focusing on performance but also on durability.

The race tire engineered by General Tire for the Euro NASCAR.

The General Tire race tyre engineered for the Euro NASCAR.

WINNERS ON ALL TRACKS: NWES GT

  • Size: 330/770 R 15
  • Number of sets available per driver: 5 sets for all qualifying and NASCAR races.
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Jerome Galpin (Euro NASCAR) and Guy Frobisher (General Tire) posing with a NASCAR race tire after announcing the cooperation.

Jerome Galpin (Euro NASCAR) and Guy Frobisher (General Tire)

GENERAL TIRE & EURO NASCAR:
TOGETHER, RIGHT TO THE FINISH LINE

Tyre burn-outs, the squealing of wheels on asphalt, dark tracks in each curve: The raw aesthetic born in Daytona, where NASCAR has its home. And it’s truly impressive what the tyres at a NASCAR race have to deliver.

So why not face that challenge with an official partner, who equally embodies American tradition—while aiming for a high performance and reliability?

With General Tire, the Euro NASCAR has entered a six-year cooperation to meet those requirements. Admittedly, six years for a sponsoring cooperation is a most unusual timespan in motorsports. But it’s most telling in terms of the trust Euro NASCAR places in General Tire. In return, the brand has developed a race tire that promises to meet the high expectations of the 30 Euro NASCAR teams.

The specifically developed “NWES GT” tyres have proven their strengths in the first season. In classic NASCAR-fashion, each vehicle has the same set of slick and wet-versions of the tyre in a size of 330/770 R 15.

After all: Anywhere is possible. From the Euro NASCAR race track to the winding roads of Europe.

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