||This article needs to be updated. (May 2016)|
|Drivers' champion||Elite 1: Anthony Kumpen
Elite 2: Stienes Longin
|Teams' champion||PK Carsport|
|Official website||Whelen Euro Series|
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (formerly known as Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series) is an official NASCAR stock-car racing series based in Europe. Before it was sanctioned by NASCAR, it was known as Racecar Euro-Series.
Racecar Euro-Series was created in 2008 by the French Team FJ Group. The first season was in 2009. Following two seasons at mainly French venues, the Racecar Euro-Series was approved as an International Series by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) at the end of 2010. The calendar was expanded for 2011 to include more races in Europe.
In early 2012, Team FJ made an agreement with NASCAR to sanction the series as part of the NASCAR circuit, though it remains an international FIA series.
With the new agreement with NASCAR, the series became an official NASCAR racing series in Europe. NASCAR rules and standards are adopted in the series. The champion is invited to the NASCAR Nights of Champions Gala at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina along with the rest of the regional series champions, with the 2012 champion Ander Vilariño being the first to attend.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is based around the concept of using NASCAR-style cars on European circuits. The Euro-NASCAR cars are inspired by American NASCAR but built specifically for European tracks. The cars use a V8 Chevrolet engine creating 450 hp. It uses a four-speed manual gearbox, is rear-wheel drive and weighs 1150 kg.
The NASCAR Euro Series cars are used in the Race of Champions.
To end the 2015 season, at Circuit Zolder Finals on October 2, a redesigned Chevrolet SS composite body was unveiled to be used in the 2016 season. Resembling much like the bodies of their American counterparts, the car made its racing debut in the 2015 Race of Champions. The Ford Mustang body also made its test debut soon after.
As manufacturer involvement is limited, model representations are used for aesthetic purposes only. Models included the Chevrolet SS, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota Camry and Dodge Challenger.
For the 2016 season, with the introduction of an aerodynamic package, the wing will no longer be used as the series will adopt an 8-inch rear spoiler.
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series events are run over three days and include four races.
|Season||ELITE 1 Champion||ELITE 2 Champion||Team Champion|
|Racecar Euro Series|
|2010||Lucas Lasserre||Emmanuel Brigand|
|2011||Éric Hélary||Romain Fournillier||Hélary Racing Team|
|Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series|
|2012||Ander Vilariño||Simon Escallier||Exotics Racing - Still Racing|
|NASCAR Whelen Euro Series|
|2013||Ander Vilariño||Anthony Gandon||TFT - Banco Santander|
|2014||Anthony Kumpen||Maxime Dumarey||PK Carsport|
|2015||Ander Vilariño||Gianmarco Ercoli||GDL Racing|
|2016||Anthony Kumpen||Stienes Longin||PK Carsport|