EuroNASCAR on an ice track: The European counterpart to dirt track?
NWES President Jerome Galpin tested a EuroNASCAR car on the ice track in Val Thorens, France, on March 26 – The satisfactory results could open doors for an NWES ice event
“This test will definitely open up new horizons and spark new ideas for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series [NWES]. We have to see what’s the next step but for sure this was a very special day,” said EuroNASCAR President Jerome Galpin, who tested one of the 1225-kilogram, 400-hp NWES cars at the Val Thorens ice track on March 26.
The track is part of the French eTrophee Andros, which has been held in winter for many years. The one-day test was designed to find out whether the V8 monsters of the official NASCAR European Championship are also suitable for racing on ice and snow. Galpin draws an extremely positive conclusion.
“That was super fun! To be honest we didn’t expect this first test on ice to go so well. The EuroANSCAR car has a great balance, so it is very easy to swing around on the ice,” said Jerome Galpin. “The level of performance is also pretty impressive: with only one day of testing, we were able to set one of the fastest times around the track for a rear wheel drive car.”
The NWES boss lets it be known that the test may not have been a flash in the pan. But what the series plans to do on an ice track in the future has yet to be determined. France is the birthplace of EuroNASCAR and offers a lot of interesting ice tracks. The snow circuits like the one in Val Thorens could possibly become somehow the European equivalent of the dirt track in the USA.