The legendary American NASCAR racing series is back at Most along with trucks

20.08.2021 09:37

The Autodrom Most will host two extremely attractive championship events during a single weekend of 27–29 August: the traditional FIA European Truck Racing Championship and the OMV MaxxMotion NASCAR Show. The race weekend at Most will also be spiced up by MAXX Formula races where historic Formula One cars can be seen.


Last year, the fans of American stock car auto racing looked forward to the second edition of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series 2020 round at Most but to no avail. The well-known pandemic circumstances did not permit the event to happen either on the original or on an alternative date. Neither was it possible to hold the races on the originally scheduled date, which means that the American stock cars will meet the European Truck Racing Championship at Most within the same term. Thus, the supporters of large vehicles and roaring engines are offered an extremely attractive show and close-fought racing full of fierce battles with occasional collisions being no exception. No other category offers such a unique roar as the V8 NASCAR large-capacity engines in Europe. The starting grid will include some local drivers: Adam Lacko, a former European truck racing champion, and Martin Doubek, a EuroNASCAR participant.

Martin Doubek won the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race in Belgium last year and has acquired valuable experience in America. This resulted in his double triumph in the season-opener in Valencia. Later, he was leapfrogged at the top of the EuroNASCAR 2 class overall standings by Tobias Dauenhauer, who celebrated his win at Brands Hatch and finished in the top five in all four races held this year, but Doubek will arrive at Most as a provisional title runner-up.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is an official European-based series staged with the support of the most popular American NASCAR championship and under the official supervision of the International Automobile Federation (FIA). The Euro-NASCAR cars feature an identical tubular steel frame and a 5.7-litre unsupercharged V8-engine delivering 400 hp (298 kW). They use a four-speed manual gearbox with the standard H gear shift pattern. The conventional car concept uses a front engine and rear-wheel drive. The cars weighing 1,225 kg reach a maximum speed of 245 kph. They are extremely robust and reliable.

The 5,080mm-long (2,740mm wheel base) two-door bodies with the same aerodynamics have the appearance of the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro or older Chevrolet SS bodies, rebranded into the EuroNASCAR FJ 2020 after product discontinuation. New this season, there are two Swiss 42 Racing team cars with their own Shadow DNM8 chassis, which follow from a former Formula One team and original cars once competing in the famous CanAm series.

Interestingly, two drivers share a drive in each NASCAR Whelen Euro Series car with one taking part in two 75-km EuroNASCAR PRO races while the other, in the 60-km EuroNASCAR 2 (Am) races. In addition to the drivers’ title hunt in the respective divisions, the points scored by the pairs of drivers are added together and counted towards the team championship.

The Most round will close the first half of the season. The championship will continue at Grobnik, Croatia in September with the season culminating at Zolder, Belgium in October and at Vallelunga, Italy, where double points are awarded in the final round.

Much like two years ago, the starting grid will include Jacques Villeneuve, a former Formula One world champion and Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series racing is a fantastic experience. The car is guarantee of old-school racing so you can return to your roots and rediscover why you love racing so much. A lot of hard battles occur on the track, but the atmosphere in the paddock area is magnificent – just like a big family pursuing the same goal. It’s really a perfect combination, said Villeneuve.

The current epidemiological predictions should allow the fans to access the paddock area as well as the traditional Truck Festival. 

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