13 Rounds For NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Alon Day won Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 event at Brands Hatch. (NASCAR Photo)
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will feature a 13-event calendar in 2020. (NASCAR Photo)

VALENCIA, Spain – The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will visit seven European countries and major cities next year as part of a busy schedule featuring 13 rounds of racing.

New for next year are the extension of the season-ending playoffs to six rounds, a new event in Rome, Italy and the Euro NASCAR Finals at the Hockenheimring.

“This is probably the best calendar in the series’ history,” declared NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President and CEO Jerome Galpin. “We are very proud and fortunate to work with such fantastic track partners. We all share the common goal to offer to European fans a unique at-track experience based on Pure Racing, full access to the competition and great American fun festivals.”

“Next year’s schedule is a testament to the strength and popularity of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series,” said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Chief International Officer. “The series will bring exciting, side-by-side NASCAR racing to fans in seven countries across Europe. Our proximity to several big cities – including the new American Festival in Rome –  will continue to make it easy for families to see our style of racing up close.”

The European NASCAR season will kick off on April 25-26 with the traditional opening rounds in Valencia, Spain. The Valencia NASCAR Fest at Circuit Ricardo Tormo will celebrate its seventh edition. Six weeks later the series will head to Brands Hatch, England, for the American SpeedFest. The historic 1.9-km Indy Circuit will host the British NASCAR GP for the eighth time on June 6-7.

After the inaugural event in 2019, on June 21-22 Most and the Czech Republic will welcome the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series again – fresh off a multi-year contract renewal – with the second edition of the Autodrom Most NASCAR Show. Raceway Venray will once again wrap-up the regular season on July 11-12 with a repeat of the successful formula featuring one 70-lap Euro NASCAR 2 (formerly ELITE 2) race on Saturday and on 100-lap Euro NASCAR PRO (formerly ELITE 1) race on Sunday at the fastest half-mile oval in Europe.

After the summer break, it will be playoff time again with six races awarding double points. On Sept. 12-13 a brand new American Festival will make its debut in Rome, Italy at the 4-km Vallelunga road course. The Italian event will be followed three weeks later, on Oct. 3-4 by the sixth edition of the NASCAR GP Belgium at the historic Circuit Zolder in the forest of the Limburg region.

The Hockenheimring, in Germany, will host the Euro NASCAR Finals for the first time on Oct. 17-18. The iconic German track will crown the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion in the fourth edition of the American Fan Fest.

Valencia, Most, Zolder and Hockenheim will host the four rounds making up the 2020 EuroNASCAR Club Challenge calendar. The regularity-based division of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will hit the track on Thursday at the four venues and contest its fourth season.