DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Forty years after their parents’ legendary duel for the 1976 Formula One title, Mathias Lauda and Freddie Hunt will rewrite motorsports history books by not only being teammates, but by sharing the same car in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
Lauda will drive the No. 66 DF1 Racing Chevrolet SS in the Elite 1 Division and Freddie Hunt will take the wheel in the Elite 2 Division, adding further excitement to a season that promises to be breathtaking.
Mathias Lauda, the son of Niki Lauda won the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series oval race held in wet conditions at Tours Speedway in 2014 and notched a four top fives and nine top 10s in 15 races in his first two NWES season. The Austrian, who is also an Aston Martin factory driver in the World Endurance Championship, will take part in his third Valencia NASCAR Fest.
“I love this championship and I always look forward to drive in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Valencia will be like a home race for me, because I live in Spain since many years,” said Lauda. “It will not be easy though, because I will come straight from a GT car and it will be my first time on the 2016 car, but I am ready for this challenge and I look forward to it. It is going to be a pretty busy season, I will race a lot and always against very strong rivals. I know Freddie since a couple of years, he is a very nice guy and I’ll try to help him understand this car quickly, because it is challenging to take to the limit and the level of competition in NWES is extremely high. It is great to have a friend to share the car with.”
Four decades after his father James won the F-1 world championship, Hunt is entering his first NASCAR season with the goal to climb the learning curve as quickly as possible after a very positive first test and is sure that sharing the car with Lauda will benefit both in the hunt for glory in EuroNASCAR.
“I am really looking forward to joining the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and to my first race in Valencia,” said the 28-year-old, who will wear a special James Hunt tribute-helmet all season long. “It is really great to share the car with Mathias. Among other things, he has a lot of experience in NASCAR and I think I can learn from him and we can benefit from each other. I am training hard both physically and mentally and having some simulator sessions to prepare for the season. I can’t wait to get started.”