A Frenchman in German NASCAR team: Iannetta “satisfied” with season’s progress
NWES veteran Romain Iannetta is satisfied with the development at Marko Stipp Motorsport from Germany – In EuroNASCAR PRO, the Frenchman scratches the top-5
One top-5 and five top-10 results have brought Romain Iannetta to sixth in the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) EuroNASCAR PRO standings before the summer break. The Frenchman, who has been part of the series on and off since NASCAR entered Europe in 2012, is competing for German team Marko Stipp Motorsport, which looks to make big leaps with the veteran’s experience.
“The season is going very well so far,” Iannetta tells ‘Leadlap.net’. “We are in sixth place overall and the gap to the leaders is not that big [26 points]. Unfortunately, we lost nine points in Valencia in the first race because we dropped back due to a problem with the alternator. We were in fifth place with only two laps to go. In the second race we had good pace and were fighting at the front.”
According to Iannetta, however, there were then some lows as well as highs in the UK and Italy. “We were always lacking in performance, but we still always managed to finish in the top-10,” sums up the driver of the #46 Chevrolet Camaro, who has been racing for the German team since 2021. Now the experienced race driver will prepare for the second half of the season to attack at the front and fight for the first Marko Stipp Motorsport victory in EuroNASCAR PRO.
“We will organize a test, since we didn’t do that before the season,” he reveals. “Our engineer Dean [Klock] needs to learn more about the car. He has a lot of experience with NASCAR cars in the US, but he’s new to the NWES. We want to finish on the podium with Marko Stipp Motorsport and get at least a top-5 result overall,” Iannetta says.
“Hopefully we will make a leap in the setup of the car so that we can fight at the top of the championship,” he adds. For now, however, Iannetta is enjoying his honeymoon, as the Frenchman married the love of his life during the summer break. He will then return to motorsport and preparations for the second half of the NWES season.