For real: European sportscars have raced at NASCAR's holiest temple since... forever, conclusively stock cars have set a foot at Watkins Glen and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it yet again tackles famous European venues, not for the first time, but for the first full season.
The NASCAR Whelen Series has been around for quite a few seasons now, but it hasn't been a year since they got NASCAR's full support and a title sponsor, which makes 2014 the first full season of official NASCAR racing in Europe. The purpose of the series is to bring some American "redneck" flavour to the (otherwise oversaturated) European market, where - in case if you were wondering - not everyone is fond of the champagne-sipping, bowtie-wearing, French-accented high-class racing atmosphere F1 and its likes have to offer.
They also do it in a cheeky way, taking the show to such track as e.g. the Nürburgring and the Le Mans Bugatti circuit (pictured above), making it straight the final showdown of the season. The venues are all but one road courses, except the semi-purpose-built Tours Speedway, which is a large parking lot converted to a short oval track with one of the turns made into a 9-degree banking in 2013.
As far as the cars are concerned, they are still silhouette cars representing models not available in Europe, quite similar to their Sprint Cup relatives under the skin, with a great deal more of agility and less engine power.
The series is kicking off this weekend in Valencia, visiting six venues in total, running two races at each track.
Watching stock cars racing down at e.g. the famous Le Mans pitlane with thunderous V8 noise and NASCAR logos plastered over them
makes a perfect Ricky Bobby vs. Jean Girard rivalry rolled into one and stretched to a full season, which officially makes it the weirdest and thus one of the coolest competitions on the planet.
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