NWES drivers head stateside for Daytona Speedweeks

by Vince Pettit
Stienes Longin - Credit: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is set to have another of its drivers make the step up and make their US debut in the upcoming Daytona Speedweeks.

Elite 2 Division Champion Stienes Longin will make his debut on February 24 at New Smyrna Speedway in the PPG/Tower Sealants Pro Late Model 100.

“I can’t wait to take on this new challenge and I thank my main sponsor Vriends and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for making this possible! I am training a lot, both physically and mentally, and working on the simulator to be in top form,” said the Belgian.

“I don’t feel pressure for this debut, but I will have to learn quickly how things work in the US and the level is going to be really high. My competitors have much more experience than me and I’ll do my best to put up a strong performance.”

During the 2016 season Longin took a record eight wins in the Elite 2 Division ahead of his championship victory, four of those victories came on ovals so the 25-year-old is looking to build on this experience in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

“I really like oval racing and I have been successful at it in NWES. The experience I gained in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be fundamental in America to quickly adapt to a new car and a new track,” said the Leuven-native.

Arianna Casoli - Credit: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Arianna Casoli – Credit: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Lady Cup winner Arianna Casoli will also be heading to New Smyrna Speedway as she takes part in a test with former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner on February 15.

“This is an opportunity I couldn’t hope to have just one year ago. I learnt a lot in 2016, from the car to the tracks, which were all completely new to me.

“This year we are working hard with CAAL Racing to improve our performances and this fantastic prize will give me me the chance to learn a lot of things I will use at Venray in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series,” said the Italian.

“I have to thank NASCAR and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for this unique experience.”

2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Anthony Kumpen returns to Daytona International Speedway for the second time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the season opener at the legendary circuit.

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