DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Euro Series competitor Stienes Longin will travel to America later this month to race on American soil for the first time.
In addition, Arianna Casoli will also travel to America to take part in a test session at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 Division champion Longin will make his American debut on Feb. 24 at New Smyrna Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing as part of the PPG/Tower Sealants Pro Late Model 100.
“I can’t wait to take on this new challenge and I thank my main sponsor Vriends and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for making this possible. I am training a lot, both physically and mentally, and working on the simulator to be in top form,” said the Belgian, who won a record-setting eight times in the ELITE 2 Division in 2016. “I don’t feel pressure for this debut, but I will have to learn quickly how things work in the U.S. and the level is going to be really high. My competitors have much more experience than me and I’ll do my best to put up a strong performance.”
Four of Longin’s nine career wins came on ovals and the 25-year-old is sure the experience he gained through his first two complete season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be fundamental in this first outing overseas.
“I really like oval racing and I have been successful at it in NWES. The experience I gained in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be fundamental in America to quickly adapt to a new car and a new track,” said the Leuven-native.
On Feb. 15 Lady Cup winner Casoli will take part in a full day of testing at New Smyrna Speedway with former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner as coach.
“This is an opportunity I couldn’t hope to have just one year ago. I learnt a lot in 2016, from the car to the tracks, which were all completely new to me. This year we are working hard with CAAL Racing to improve our performances and this fantastic prize will give me me the chance to learn a lot of things I will use at Venray in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series,” said Casoli. “I have to thank NASCAR and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for this unique experience.”