Miguel Gomes has fulfilled his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver in 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic – But the ambitious Portuguese is not content with that
Driving a NASCAR race car is probably the dream of many drivers in Europe. Miguel Gomes has fulfilled this lifelong dream and is competing for Marko Stipp Motorsport in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2021.
As a rookie, the Portuguese is hunting for points in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship and is already shining with strong results. Gomes has been on the rookie podium in all races so far and just missed the top-10 twice on his debut in Valencia, finishing 14th in both races.
EuroNASCAR “a learning process” for Miguel Gomes.
“It’s a learning process, especially because my experience is almost only in oval racing,” the Lisbon native, who’s driving for Marko Stipp Motorsport, said. “These cars are really fun to drive on road courses but I’m racing against drivers with much more road racing experience than me so I need to learn fast. That said, it has been a great experience, my motivation is very high and I have the desire to improve!”
He can also rely on his racing team and teammate Yevgen Sokolovskiy to help him do that. They’ve been helping me a lot to overcome my lack of road course experience and having a teammate like Yevgen Sokolovskiy, with lots of road racing experience, also helps me to adapt fast to the new challenge,” Gomes explained.
Miguel Gomes with ambitious goals
The Portuguese’s goals for the rest of the season are correspondingly ambitious: “The first goal is to learn as much as I can and to improve each time I’m on track. Besides that, I will do my best to finish every race on the Rookie Trophy podium and finish as high as possible in that category. So far I managed to be on the podium in every race but the competition is on a very high level.”
The Lisbon racer will have his next chance to finish on the Rookie Trophy podium on August 28-29. That’s when EuroNASCAR will be staged at the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic. The races and qualifying will be broadcast live on the EuroNASCAR platforms – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.