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    Locations of the circuits scheduled to host a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race in 2023
    Alon Day is the defending series champion.

    The 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is the fifteenth Racecar Euro Series season, and the eleventh under the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series branding. The season is scheduled to start on 6 May with the first points race of the season at Circuit Ricardo Tormo and is currently scheduled to end with the All-Star Race at Automotodrom Grobnik on 11 November.

    Alon Day and Liam Hezemans would enter the season as the defending champions in the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 divisions respectively while Hendriks Motorsport would enter the season as the defending Team's Champion.

    Teams and drivers

    EuroNASCAR PRO

    Team No. Body Style Race Driver Rounds
    Italy Academy Motorsport 5 EuroNASCAR FJ 2020 Cyprus Vladimiros Tziortzis[1] TBA
    Belgium PK Carsport 24 Chevrolet Camaro Belgium Anthony Kumpen[2] TBA
    France SpeedHouse 33 Ford Mustang TBA TBA
    TBA TBA TBA
    Germany Bremotion[3] 99 Chevrolet Camaro TBA TBA
    Netherlands Team Bleekemolen TBA TBA Netherlands Sebastiaan Bleekemolen[4] TBA

    EuroNASCAR 2

    Team No. Body Style Race Driver Rounds
    Italy Academy Motorsport 5 EuroNASCAR FJ 2020 TBA TBA
    Belgium PK Carsport 24 Chevrolet Camaro TBA TBA
    France SpeedHouse 33 Ford Mustang France Paul Jouffreau[5] TBA
    TBA France Néo Lambert[6] TBA
    Germany Bremotion[3] 99 Chevrolet Camaro TBA TBA
    Netherlands Team Bleekemolen TBA TBA Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen[7] TBA

    Confirmed changes

    Drivers

    • On 5 October 2022, former two-time series champion Anthony Kumpen announced to Autosport.be that he will be returning to the series on a full-time basis in 2023, having previously made his return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series during last year's round at Circuit Zolder. It is scheduled to be Kumpen's first full-time season since 2017 and his first planned full-time season participation since 2018, which he was unable to complete after he was suspended for four years by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium for failing a drug test during the 2018 24 Hours of Zolder.[2]
    • On 10 October 2022, Thomas Krasonis announced that he would be leaving the series to compete in the United States in 2023. Krasonis is currently scheduled to make his ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2023 for a currently unannounced team.[8]
    • On 28 October 2022, just after the conclusion of the 2022 EuroNASCAR Club Challenge season, Néo Lambert announced his plans to compete in the EuroNASCAR 2 season with SpeedHouse for 2023. The team that he's scheduled to drive for is currently unknown.[6]
    • On 5 December 2022, it was announced that Vladimiros Tziortzis will be stepping up to the EuroNASCAR PRO class for 2023. Tziortzis will become the new EuroNASCAR PRO driver of Academy's No. 5 team, replacing Patrick Lemarié whose status for 2023 is currently unknown.[1]

    Teams

    • On 29 December 2022, German automotive tuning firm Bremotion announced their intention to enter NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as a single-car team in 2023. Bremotion will be receiving technical support and cooperation from both Hendriks Motorsport and Team Hezeberg for their debut season.[3]

    Schedule

    The provisional calendar for the 2023 season was announced on 25 October 2022.[9] All races of the 2023 season will be held on road courses, although the Arctic Ice Race non-championship event would be planned to be held on an ice surface.

    EuroNASCAR PRO

    Round Race Title Track Date
    IR R1 NASCAR Arctic Ice Race Finland Rovaniemi, Finland Postponed
    R2 Postponed
    1 R1 NASCAR GP Spain – Valencia NASCAR Fest Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia 6 May
    R2 7 May
    2 R3 NASCAR GP UK – American SpeedFest X United Kingdom Brands Hatch (Indy), West Kingsdown 17 June
    R4 18 June
    3 R5 NASCAR GP Italy Italy Autodromo Vallelunga, Campagnano di Roma 8 July
    R6 9 July
    4 R7 NASCAR GP Czech Republic – Autodrom Most NASCAR Show Czech Republic Autodrom Most, Most 26 August
    R8 27 August
    5 R9 NASCAR GP Germany Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Oschersleben 23 September
    R10 24 September
    6 R11 EuroNASCAR Finals – NASCAR GP Belgium Belgium Circuit Zolder, Heusden-Zolder 14 October
    R12 15 October
    AS R1 All Star Endurance Race Croatia Automotodrom Grobnik, Čavle 11 November

    EuroNASCAR 2

    Round Race Title Track Date
    IR R1 NASCAR Arctic Ice Race Finland Rovaniemi, Finland Postponed
    R2 Postponed
    1 R1 NASCAR GP Spain – Valencia NASCAR Fest Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia 6 May
    R2 7 May
    2 R3 NASCAR GP UK – American SpeedFest X United Kingdom Brands Hatch (Indy), West Kingsdown 17 June
    R4 18 June
    3 R5 NASCAR GP Italy Italy Autodromo Vallelunga, Campagnano di Roma 8 July
    R6 9 July
    4 R7 NASCAR GP Czech Republic – Autodrom Most NASCAR Show Czech Republic Autodrom Most, Most 26 August
    R8 27 August
    5 R9 NASCAR GP Germany Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Oschersleben 23 September
    R10 24 September
    6 R11 EuroNASCAR Finals – NASCAR GP Belgium Belgium Circuit Zolder, Heusden-Zolder 14 October
    R12 15 October
    AS R1 All Star Endurance Race Croatia Automotodrom Grobnik, Čavle 11 November

    Calendar changes

    • NASCAR Whelen Euro Series was initially scheduled to be hosting NASCAR's first event on ice with the NASCAR Arctic Ice Race, which was initially scheduled to open the season as an exhibition event on 4–5 March. The announcement follows upon what NASCAR Whelen Euro Series had announced last year where the series plans to host a non-championship Winter Classic event at some point between late 2022 and early 2023. However, on 10 January 2023 it was announced that the race was postponed indefinitely due to global supply chain issues.[10] Had the NASCAR Arctic Ice Race went underway, the race would use the following format that was first announced on 3 December 2022:[11]
      • Six 30-minute long free practice sessions was planned to be held on Friday on a 3.2 km (2.0 mi) long track.
      • A Time Attack tournament was planned to be held on a 2.4 km (1.5 mi) track layout on Saturday, with the results of the tournament determined the starting grid for Sunday's event.
      • A rallycross-style shootout event was planned to be held on Sunday on a 2.0 km (1.2 mi) layout of the track. The shootout would include heat races, semi-finals and finals to determine the overall winner of the event.
    • NASCAR GP Germany will be returning to the series after a three-year hiatus. The round will be held on Motorsport Arena Oschersleben for the first time and is currently scheduled to fifth round of the season on 23-24 September.
    • NASCAR GP Belgium regained its former status as the final round of the season. Circuit Zolder is scheduled to host EuroNASCAR's season finale for the first time since 2019 and the sixth time in history, having hosted the final round of the season from 2015 to 2019.
    • Automotodrom Grobnik loses its status as a championship round and will be scheduled to host an All Star Endurance Race on 11 November.[12]
    • NASCAR GP Czech Republic was initially scheduled to be held on 3–4 September, but on 26 November 2022 it was announced that the round will be moved one week ahead to 26–27 August instead.[13]

    See also

    References

    1. ^ a b "VLADIMIROS TZIORTZIS MAKES THE STEP UP TO EURONASCAR PRO WITH ACADEMY / ALEX CAFFI MOTORSPORT". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 14 December 2022. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
    2. ^ a b "American Festival: Anthony Kumpen: "Ik ben klaar om voor de zege te strijden"" [American Festival: Anthony Kumpen: "I'm ready to fight for victory"]. autosport.be (in Dutch). Autosport.be. 5 October 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
    3. ^ a b c "Bremotion steigt in EuroNASCAR 2023 ein" [Bremotion enters EuroNASCAR in 2023]. bremotion.de (in German). Bremotion Sport Marketing GmbH. 29 December 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
    4. ^ "SEBASTIAAN BLEEKEMOLEN VOLTOOID ISRAMAN 2023" [SEBASTIAAN BLEEKEMOLEN COMPLETED ISRAMAN 2023]. raceplanet.nl (in Dutch). Bleekemolens Race Planet. 29 January 2023. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
    5. ^ "SPEEDHOUSE REVEALS EXCITING PLANS FOR THE 2022 EURONASCAR SEASON". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 23 November 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
    6. ^ a b "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: GORDON BARNES DEFENDS THE CLUB CHALLENGE TITLE". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 28 October 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
    7. ^ "LIVE: EuroNASCAR PRO Round 10 - NASCAR GP BELGIUM 2022". YouTube. NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. October 9, 2022. Retrieved December 3, 2022. (at 13:35) MICHAEL BLEEKEMOLEN: "I'm 73 now and my sons, they told me "You have to stop now!" but I don't like to stop. I'll go away again next year again with the whole season." ANDRÉ WIEGOLD: "You will be back on EuroNASCAR next season, one hundred percent?" MICHAEL BLEEKEMOLEN: "For sure! I don't know what I have to do otherwise, that's my problem. But it's just six weekends, which is just enough."
    8. ^ B, Dimitris (October 10, 2022). "Thomas Krasonis to race in the US and the NASCAR series from 2023". ThomasKrasonis.com. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
    9. ^ "2023 CALENDAR: NASCAR WHELEN EURO SERIES SET FOR HISTORIC SEASON". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 25 October 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
    10. ^ "NASCAR WHELEN EURO SERIES ICE RACE POSTPONED". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 10 January 2023. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
    11. ^ "EURONASCAR REVEALS FIRST DETAILS ABOUT THE GRAND PREMIERE ARCTIC ICE RACE IN ROVANIEMI, FINLAND". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 3 December 2022. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
    12. ^ "2023 EURONASCAR PRO SCHEDULE & TICKETS". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
    13. ^ "NASCAR GP CZECH REPUBLIC TO MOVE TO AUGUST 26-27". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 26 November 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.