Alexander Graff is back: Fast Swede signs on with Speedhouse
Speedhouse has signed Swede Alexander Graff for the 2022 NWES season – The top driver will compete in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship
Speedhouse has taken another important step in its plans for the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) season with team principal Lucas Lasserre signing top driver Alexander Graff to compete in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship. The Swede will contest a full season for the first time since 2019 and compete for the title in the top category of the European NASCAR series.
While Graff took a forced break due to a pandemic in 2020, he returned to the series for a part-time program in 2021. In the 2022 season, the 35-year-old is looking to return to full action and go for the title in the EuroNASCAR PRO category. Which Speedhouse car the racer from Uppsala will drive has not yet been decided. What is clear, however, is that Graff will be a force to be reckoned with.
“Lucas is one of my first and best friends in EuroNASCAR and it’s an amazing feeling to be part of his team,” says the Swede. “Racing, style and good time, could it be better? To have the opportunity to fight for victories is great and it’s amazing to be back with Speedhouse. I don’t have a Tijey Titanium Ring yet, so my goal is to be on top of the overall classification at the end of the season. I know I have the pace and with Speedhouse I have the opportunity to make my dreams come true.”
Graff joined the NWES in 2018 and made quite a splash at the time while still with Memphis Racing. In 27 races, the Swede has a total of ten top-10 results. In his debut season, he ended up in ninth place in the overall standings. Graff has shown his talent time and again, but so far it hasn’t been enough to win a race.
This is to change in 2022 and the consistency in the top-5 is also to be improved in order to have a say in the title. Speedhouse team boss Lasserre has built up a real armada for the 2022 season: Four cars will be fielded by the Frenchman in order to reach for the trophies in all categories.
“To have a top driver as Alex is a great sign for our project,” says the team boss. “I know that Alex has the skills to put our car at the front. We had amazing battles in the past and it always went totally fair. It’s an advantage to have a pure racer like him at Speedhouse. He’s a nice guy, who has a good personality and always acts professional. In my global project it’s important to share the same values.”
Graff and Lasserre will have their first opportunity to prove themselves in the huge NWES field for the 2022 season on May 14 and 15 in Valencia, Spain. After all, 37 cars are entered for the opener at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Other Speedhouse drivers confirmed so far are Arianna Casoli, Paul Jouffreau, Matthias Hauer, Cosimo Barberini and Eric Quintal.