In a thrilling turn of events for motorsports enthusiasts in Europe, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) is set to embark on an exhilarating journey in 2024. With the promise of more races, a diverse range of destinations, and a renewed sense of competition, the upcoming season is poised to be one for the history books.
NWES President and CEO, Jerome Galpin, expressed his excitement, stating, "This 2024 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series calendar is the best in the Series history! Each one of these destinations brings its own flavor and identity to the NASCAR Official Championship, providing fans, teams, and drivers a great diversity of racing experiences. We can’t thank our fantastic circuit partners enough, each one of them sharing the same ambition to build great American Festivals to entertain tens of thousands of fans and families. This 2024 season will be another big step in the development of NASCAR in Europe."
So, what's in store for the 2024 season?
The season kicks off with the traditional opener, the NASCAR GP SPAIN, hosted at Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo on April 13-14. This iconic event, in its tenth year running, promises high-octane action on the splendid 4 km track. But before the adrenaline-pumping races commence, fans can get a taste of what's to come at the series Prologue – a day of pre-season testing – on April 11.
One of the significant changes for 2024 is the shift of the NASCAR GP ITALY to become the second event of the season. Scheduled for May 18-19, this event promises to infuse the NWES with the charm and allure of the Roman dolce vita atmosphere. The American Festival of Rome will take place at the Autodromo di Vallelunga, offering a unique blend of racing and culture.
However, the excitement doesn't end there. The 2024 season brings even more thrills with the addition of a seventh NASCAR GP at Raceway Venray in the Netherlands. Oval racing fans will be in for a treat as NWES returns to the oval track, adding another layer of diversity to the championship. The inclusion of Raceway Venray underscores the series' commitment to offering an eclectic mix of racing experiences.
Moreover, the 2024 season will witness the return of a playoff format. Four races will award double points during the Semi-Finals at Oschersleben, Germany, and the Finals at Zolder, Belgium. This high-stakes format is sure to intensify the competition as drivers battle for the coveted NASCAR European Champion title.
In summary, the 2024 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series promises to be an unforgettable season filled with high-speed action, cultural immersion, and a renewed sense of competition. With a calendar that spans seven different countries and a total of 28 races, motorsports fans in Europe are in for a treat. As the NWES continues to expand its reach and deliver the pure racing atmosphere of its American Festivals, there's no doubt that 2024 will be a milestone year for NASCAR in Europe. Get ready to rev your engines and join the excitement!