NASCAR Whelen Euro Series: Drivers and teams for the 2023 season
The Silly Season for the 2023 EuroNASCAR season is in full swing – These are the confirmed teams and drivers for the new year
The 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) is casting its shadow ahead and bit by bit, teams are presenting their drivers for the new season. This regularly updated overview provides all the information on the confirmed racing teams and drivers in EuroNASCAR PRO, EuroNASCAR 2 and Club Challenge.
Academy / Caffi Motorsport
Federico Monti and Alex Caffi’s joint venture, Academy / Caffi Motorsports, has announced its first driver for the 2023 season. Vladimiros Tziortzis moves up to EuroNASCAR PRO after finishing third in the 2022 EuroNASCAR 2 season. Team owner Federico will compete in EuroNASCAR 2 and the Club Challenge.
#1 EuroNASCAR FJ: Advait Deodhar / Federico Monti / Federico Monti
#5 EuroNASCAR FJ: Vladimiros Tziortzis / Vladimiros Tziortzis
Bremotion will be a second German team on the grid in the 2023 NWES season. The Frankfurt-based racing team has already gained experience in GT racing. Patrick Brenndörfer’s team will have the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro built up by champion team Hendriks Motorsport.
#99 Chevrolet Camaro: unknown / unknown
CAAL Racing is one of the top teams in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and won the title in 2018 with Alon Day. The first confirmed driver in Luca Canneori’s team is Max Lanza, who will contest his second full EuroNASCAR PRO season with the racing team. He will share the car with Roberto Benedetti. Gianmarco Ercoli remains loyal to the team and will once again compete in the #54 car in the 2023 NWES season. The Italian from Rome will do everything he can to win the title.
Alberto Naska will also return to CAAL Racing, but will switch cars for the 2023 EuroNASCAR 2 season. Last year’s runner-up will share the #54 Chevrolet with Gianmarco Ercoli to challenge for the championship. The famous content creator from Italy will be competing in his second EuroNASCAR season. The #56 car will be shared by the Belgian duo Marc Goossens and Sven van Laere.
#54 Chevrolet Camaro: Gianmarco Ercoli / Alberto Naska
#56 Chevrolet Camaro: Marc Goossens / Sven van Laere
#88 Chevrolet Camaro: Max Lanza / Roberto Benedetti
Double V Racing
Double V Racing of Italy has announced its first driver for Club Challenge, EuroNASCAR’s regularity competition. Viktor Schiffer, who already made a start in Croatia in 2022, will contest the full 2023 season. For the EuroNASCAR 2 Championship, Patrick Schober will return to the team. The Austrian, who was born in Spain but is living in Slovakia, prepared in winter to be in shape for the upcoming season. The Italian Stefano Attianese will compete in EuroNASCAR PRO.
#27 Ford Mustang: Stefano Attianese / Patrick Schober / Viktor Schiffer
Hendriks Motorsport will also field a car in 2023 and none other than EuroNASCAR 2 champion Liam Hezemans will drive the #50 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The Dutchman thus finally makes the leap into the top class of the European NASCAR series. Martin Doubek is picking up right where he left off in 2022: The 2021 EuroNASCAR 2 champion will be back in both championships in 2023 in the #7 Ford Mustang.
The team’s newcomer is Gil Linster, who will share the car with Hezemans. The Luxembourger wants to fight for the title in the 2023 season and celebrate his first NWES victory. Together with Hendriks Motorsport, Linster believes he has a good chance of competing at the top.
#7 Ford Mustang: Martin Doubek / Martin Doubek
#50 Toyota Camry: Liam Hezemans / Gil Linster
Marko Stipp Motorsport
Marko Stipp Motorsport is expected to field two cars again in the 2023 NWES season. The team from Germany has already confirmed Nick Schneider for EuroNASCAR 2. The German-Brazilian was part of the driver recruitment program and comes from the DMV BMW 318ti Cup.
Gordon Barnes will return to the team to chase his third Club Challenge title. The Brit won two consecutive championships in the past two years. The team also signed Thomas Krasonis from Greek. The NWES veteran will race for the organization in EuroNASCAR PRO. Yevgen Sokolovskiy will return to the team in EuroNASCAR PRO, Jack Davidson joins the Germans for EuroNASCAR 2.
#46 Chevrolet Camaro: Thomas Krasonis / Nick Schneider / Gordon Barnes
#48 Chevrolet Camaro: Yevgen Sokolovskiy / Jack Davidson
PK Carsport is fielding the number 24 car in 2023, but this time team boss Anthony Kumpen will be back behind the wheel himself. The Belgian will try to win his third title.
#24 Chevrolet Camaro: Anthony Kumpen / unknown
Race Art Technology
After a strong NWES season in 2022, Race Art Technology from Switzerland will enter two cars in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2023. While Thomas Toffel will pull double duty for the Swiss teams in both championships, Giorgio Maggi and Claudio Cappelli will share the other car.
#18 Toyota Camry: Giorgio Maggi / Claudio Cappelli / Thomas Toffel
#34 Toyota Camry: Thomas Toffel / Thomas Toffel / Fatio Edouard
Racingfuel Motorsports made its debut in the NWES in 2022 and will also field two Chevrolets in the 2023 season. For EuroNASCAR 2, the 16-year-old Australian Max Mason and the US American Nick Strickler have been confirmed. The pairing in EuroNASCAR PRO has not yet been determined. Racingfuel Motorsports made its debut in the NWES in 2022 and will also field two Chevrolets in the 2023 season.
For EuroNASCAR 2, 16-year-old Australian Max Mason and U.S. driver Nick Strickler have been confirmed. Alina Loibnegger, who joined the team in 2022, will move up to EuroNASCAR PRO. The Austrian made her NWES debut in 2021 and will take on the EuroNASCAR elite in her third season. Christoph Lenz will race in EuroNASCAR PRO.
#58 Chevrolet Camaro: Christop Lenz / Max Mason
#94 Chevrolet Camaro: Alina Loibnegger / Nick Strickler
RDV Competition will again field a #3 car in the NWES season. Veteran Frederic Gabillon will start in EuroNASCAR PRO and try to break his curse. He has already finished second three times in his career, but the Frenchman has yet to clinch the title. In EuroNASCAR 2, a surprise entry will be Paul Jouffreau, who had actually signed a multi-year contract with Speedhouse. The young Frenchman wants to build on the good performances of his debut season. Yann Schar will drive the second car in EuroNASCAR 2.
#3 Chevrolet Camaro: Frederic Gabillon / Paul Jouffreau
#4 Chevrolet Camaro: unknown / Yann Schar / Yann Schar
According to the entry list, the team with the most cars on the track is Speedhouse. The team of NWES veteran Lucas Lasserre relies on a total of four cars. It is not yet known which drivers will be competing for the French racing team. Matthias Hauer has been confirmed for the EuroNASCAR 2 championship, in which the German wants to fight for the Legend Trophy. In Club Challenge, returnee Alain Mosqueron will race for his third title. NWES veteran Eric Quintal returns to the team, while youngster Florian Richard will make his Club Challenge debut.
Ulysse Delsaux switches from RDV Competition to Speedhouse and starts for the French team in the EuroNASCAR PRO, in which he has already competed in 2019 and 2021. Arianna Casoli will return to Lasserre’s team and go on the hunt for the Lady Trophy and Legend Trophy in EuroNASCAR 2. Neo Lambert will make the step from the Club Challenge – and some EuroNASCAR 2 starts – straight to EuroNASCAR PRO. Lasserre will be back on the wheel by himself in EuroNASCAR PRO.
#14 Ford Mustang: Ulysse Delsaux / Arianna Casoli / Arianna Casoli
#33 Ford Mustang: unknown / unknown
#40 Ford Mustang: Neo Lambert / Matthias Hauer / Alain Mosqueron
#64 Ford Mustang: Lucas Lasserre / Eric Quintal / Florian Richard
The Dutch team of the Bleekemolen family relies on three cars in 2023. In addition to the regular cars with start numbers 69 and 72, the use of start number 66 is also planned. Michael Bleekemolen has already indicated that he wants to return, but the 73-year-old had a skiing accident in the winter. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen will again share the car with Melvin de Groot who will defend his Legend Trophy title.
The team from the Netherlands has signed Vittorio Ghirelli for the EuroNASCAR PRO. The Italian won the EuroNASCAR 2 championship in 2020 and has already made himself a title contender in the NWES top category. He will share the car with Michael Bleekemolen. Thomas Dombrowski will race the third car in both championships.
#66 Ford Mustang: Thomas Dombrowski / Thomas Dombrowski
#69 Ford Mustang: Sebastiaan Bleekemolen / Melvin de Groot
#72 Ford Mustang: Vittorio Ghirelli / Michael Bleekemolen
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series has announced that the first Bulgarian team will compete in the 2023 season. The Bulgarian-Italian joint venture plans to field a No. 90 Toyota Camry and celebrate its first successes in its debut season. Alfonso Bacci speaks of a learning season for the team, which has its roots in rallying. Michael Dorcikova will return to EuroNASCAR PRO, Gino Miedico will race in EuroNASCAR 2.
#89 Toyota Camry: unknown / unknown
#90 Toyota Camry: Michaela Dorcikova / Gino Miedico
The Club Motorsport
The Italian team The Club Motorsport is preparing for another season in the NWES. Two cars with the starting numbers 55 and 65 will be on the grid. Fabrizio Armetta will drive one car in EuroNASCAR PRO, while Riccardo Romagnoli is set to pull double duty in the second vehicle.
#55 Chevrolet Camaro: Fabrizio Armetta / unknown
#65 Chevrolet Camaro: Riccardo Romagnoli / Riccardo Romagnoli
The only team from Asia will be led by NWES veteran Kenko Miura. The Japanese made his comeback at Zolder in 2022 and plans to make further appearances in the 2023 season. Miura will drive the #74 car by himself in both EuroNASCAR championships.
#74 Toyota Camry: Kenko Miura / Kenko Miura / Kenko Miura
Vict Racing from Italy is planning to field a total of two cars. As in last year’s EuroNASCAR, the team will rely on car numbers 8 and 9. Dario Caso will race both cars, one in EuroNASCAR PRO and one in EuroNASCAR 2. He will be joined by Simone Laureti and Paolo Valeri.
#8 Chevrolet Camaro: Dario Caso / Paolo Valeri
#9 Chevrolet Camaro: Simone Laureti / Dario Caso