NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

EuroNASCAR 2021: Ferrara and Manfre sign with 42 Racing

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42 Racing has announced the signing of Luigi Ferrara and Bernardo Manfre for the 2021 NWES season – Francesco Garisto was already confirmed earlier in the year

The driver lineup for the 2021 EuroNASCAR season continues to fill out with Italian team 42 Racing bringing two Ford Mustangs to the grid. The cars will carry the starting numbers 17 and 42. The #42 car will be driven by Luigi Ferrara in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship. He will share the car with Francesco Garisto, who was confirmed as a driver earlier this year. At the wheel of the #17 will be Bernardo Manfre, owner of Shadow Racing Cars.

Ferrara has competed in six races in EuroNASCAR so far and has attracted attention with a fifth-place finish at Franciacorta, Italy, in 2019. Furthermore, he has three top-10 results to his credit.

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“I’m really happy to be part of 42 Racing’s 2021 NWES program again”, said the Italian, who will turn 39 years old on May 12. “The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is a high-level competition with a lot of established champions and drivers from around the world. It’s characterized by fairness on and off track.” 

“I hope we will have fans back on the track in 2021 as they are an essential part of EuroNASCAR’s success. The first tests went good and I aim to finish inside the top-5 on a regular basis. I’m looking forward to racing again in Valencia next week!”

Manfre has revived the Shadow Racing Cars brand – known from Formula 1 in the 1970s and 1980s – which he will mainly represent in EuroNASCAR 2. The 56-year-old already gained experience last season, having competed in three races for 42 Racing.

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“For Shadow Racing Cars, the race in Valencia marks a fundamental step”, said Manfre. “The tests went good and I’m looking forward to going back into the competition at the famous Circuit Ricardo Tormo. I’m comfortable with the car and 2021 is a learning year for me. I really expect a steep learning curve.”

The 2021 NWES season kicks off May 15-16 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Qualifying and all races will be broadcast live on the / Facebook page.

Frank Reipen