MEXICO CITY – Loris Hezemans will collect one of his prizes for capturing the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series PRO championship this weekend in Mexico City, Mexico.
The Dutchman will compete in the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series finale, the Gran Premio FedEx, at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez at the wheel of the No. 05 Ford Fusion.
“I am so happy about this opportunity and I want to thank the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and NASCAR for it. I can’t wait to get the weekend started in the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series,” said the 22-year-old Amsterdam native, who already made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Road America on Aug. 24. “It’s great to race in NASCAR in so many different countries. I’m a competitive person, so I’ll do my best to learn as much as possible about the car, the track and the series as quickly as possible and be able to compete at the front. I think we have a good chance to bring home a good result and a top-five would be awesome, so I’m really going to get the maximum out of myself. I definitely want to have fun and respect all the championship contenders but I will give them a good fight.”
Hezemans’ Mexican campaign will also represent the second leg of the International exchange that brought current Mexico Series points leader Ruben Garcia Jr. to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series grid in Valencia, Spain, for the 2019 season opener. Garcia is currently leading the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series points standings and chasing his third Mexican title.
“It is the Euro NASCAR duty to offer our drivers the best possible opportunities all over the world and help them build their professional career,” said NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President CEO Jerome Galpin. “In 10 years, we have already over 25 drivers racing NASCAR in North America from Late Model to the Cup level. We are very happy to offer this race to Loris and we will push hard to continue to develop these programs for all our drivers to race at every level of NASCAR.”