NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Tobias Dauenhauer from Germany makes EuroNASCAR history

Michael Großgarten

In Vallelunga, Tobias Dauenhauer dominated the EuroNASCAR 2 division and was the first German to put his name in the NWES history books

The race weekend of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) at the Autodromo di Vallelunga in Italy was a tailor-made start for the young German Tobias Dauenhauer. The young Hendriks driver not only took pole position in both races on his debut, but also won both races in a dominant manner. In addition, the German national anthem was played for the first time for a race winner.

“I feel simply fantastic, it was an unforgettable weekend”, Dauenhauer explained to ‘Leadlap.net’ “I think I still haven’t quite realized all this yet.” The 22-year-old also made NWES history in Vallelunga, where he became the first German driver to win a race.

“To be honest, I wasn’t really aware of this before my victory,” Dauenhauer continued. “And now being the first German to win a race in the NWES makes me very proud, of course.”

After his performance in Vallelunga, the 22-year-old also knows that he is one of the championship favorites in the EuroNASCAR 2 division and also in the Rookie Trophy. As he shares the #50 Hendriks Motorsport car with Loris Hezemans, he has also good chances of winning the team championship.

“I had hoped to fight for the top positions right from the start, but I don’t think anyone could have expected that this would happen in the end. Of course this strengthens me for the future”, explained Dauenhauer, who has a lot of self-confidence after the season opener.

But the German is still modest: “I’m still trying to learn more about the NASCAR world and I hope that I’ll be at the top of the championship in the end.” Dauenhauer is leading the champion with 80 points in his pockets, eleven points ahead of Alessandro Brigatti.

The 22-year-old from Heppenheim wants to continue his steep learning curve in Zolder and fight for “top results” there as well. He said: “I hope that I can be in the Victory Lane more often this year!” The NWES races in Belgium will take place on October 3-4. Currently, the track sells a limited number of tickets to spectators, who are then allowed to take a seat on the main grandstand.