NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

US NASCAR veteran Snider: “I had a ton of fun in the NWES 2019”

Michael Großgarten

In an exclusive interview Myatt Snider reminisces about his first NASCAR season in Europe and points out the biggest differences to racing in the US 

The 24-year-old shooting star from America took to the wheel of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) for the first time on European soil in the 2019 season. The 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Rookie of the Year drove the #48 of the Spanish Racing Engineering squad in the ELITE-2 division and impressively showcased his American race experience. 

His red-yellow Ford Mustang was consistently running in the top-10 and immediately captured pole position at the season opener in Valencia (Spain). Had it not been for the collision on the last lap and last corner with Andre Castro in the battle for victory, the Racing Engineering pilot could have sensationally won his debut race. 

At his second NWES weekend in Franciacorta (Italy) Snider then secured a strong second place finish. Another runner-up finish went to the American at the only oval race of the year in Venray (Netherlands), where he showed his oval racing skills in a rainy free practice. 

The NWES rookie from the heart of the NASCAR world, Charlotte, finished the season a respectable sixth. Just a reminder: In 35 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races, Snider scored 13 top-10 finishes.

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‘Leadlap.net’ took the opportunity for an exclusive interview with the young American, who is excited by his debut season in Europe and outlines the major difference to racing in the States.

Chris Liemann (CL): “Myatt, the 2019 EuroNASCAR season is in the books. How did you like your first year in Europe?”

Myatt Snider (MS):  “The NWES was a fun endeavor for me. It was cool to get to race on some very historic tracks like Brands Hatch, Zolder, and Hockenheim of course. I grew up as a F1 fan before I was a NASCAR fan.”

“So I guess in some ways my childhood dreams of travelling the world to go racing have come true. Overall, I had a ton of fun and enjoyed racing across Europe in the NWES.”

CL: “What were the most memorable moments of your year?”

MS: “There are two moments I can think of that I look particularly fondly upon. The race in Venray, as well as the practice session in the wet. And the wet race in Zolder. Of course I come from an oval background, so oval racing is very familiar to me.” 

“But I don’t get to flex the wet racing muscle that often. So I loved when the rain started coming down at Zolder. I feel like those two places were where I could really let my skills shine.”

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CL: “You scored a second place finish only at your second race weekend at Franciacorta. That track seemed to suit you, too?”

MS: “Franciacorta is an honourable mention as well. The Italian track wore out tires far more than other tracks on the championship did. So I was able to capitalise since in America were very familiar with racing on worn out tires. I also made a nice three wide pass up the middle there.”

CL: “How does NASCAR in Europe compare to NASCAR in the US?”

MS: “European NASCAR racing is very different from American racing. Simply because over in Europe, they have rules on just about everything. I figured out what some of those rules were very quickly of course.” 

“But that just meant I got adjusted quickly. I do prefer my American style racing as that’s what I’m used to. But it’s not bad at all to get a taste of something different.”

CL: “Thanks for the interesting insights! To conclude the interview, will we be able to welcome you again on the EuroNASCAR grid in 2020?”

MS: “I’m not sure of my 2020 plans thus far. We’re working hard on getting them sorted. So I’ll keep you guys posted when we know more.”

With information by André Wiegold