The NWES is becoming increasingly popular beyond Europe – With Julia Landauer, an experienced pilot from the USA is joining the series
The past has shown that the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) can be a step to climb the NASCAR career ladder. The participation of Myatt Snider and Andre Castro in the past season has shown that this has spread to the USA. Now there will be a new race driver from the US trying to make a statement in European NASCAR racing.
With Julia Landauer another talent from the other side of the Atlantic has decided to race in Europe. The 28-year-old race driver and motivation coach – who also holds a degree from the Stanford University – is part of the NASCAR Next program. In EuroNASCAR she will compete for PK Carsport in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship.
“My goal for 2020 was to find a series that I could race full time in. A few people told me about the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and how competitive and fun the series is, so I did research and thought it would be an awesome series to race in,” said Landauer, who took part in the Recruitment Program. “I wanted to race full time for a competitive team and PK Carsport is just that.”
The American is entering her first NWES season with ambitious goals. In the EuroNASCAR 2 championship, the 28-year-old wants to fight for victory in every race. For that she teams up with the top team from Belgium. The second goal is to get to know the car better every weekend.
Landauer – who most recently competed in the Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Series – is in the best company at PK Carsport. The Belgian has already grabbed the EuroNASCAR PRO title twice. “Expectations will be high for her and we’ll do our best to help her become the first woman to win a NWES championship. We’re very excited about this and we think she’s a perfect fit for our team. We’re looking forward to a great season with Julia at the wheel of a PK Carsport car,” said the team owner of PK Carsport Anthony Kumpen.
However, Landauer is entering largely unknown territory in Europe. In the Canadian NASCAR offshoot, the 28-year-old only competed on the ovals, in the NWES she now awaits almost exclusively road courses. “I’m really excited to race on road courses all over Europe and I liked how the car handled in the recruitment day,” concluded Landauer. “There are so many great tracks! I’m particularly excited for Valencia and the oval in The Netherlands.”