The start of the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season is only a month away, and twenty-six cars for thirteen teams have been confirmed. On Wednesday, the series revealed the car lineup for the season, though it is not the final grid as various teams are still searching for drivers or finalising their plans.
Alex Caffi Motorsport, a single-car operation in 2020, expands to three as part of an alliance with Academy Motorsport. Jacques Villeneuve is confirmed as a driver for the team in the #5.
DF1 Racing, the largest team in the series, increases in size to five cars, one of which (the #23) will be run in partnership with the Finnish outfit Iceboys. Not Only Motorsport is now a full-time two-car team after introducing the second entry in the 2020 season finale.
Team Bleekemolen and RDV Competition called off their 2020 campaigns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will make their returns for 2021. The family-operated former will field the #69 for Sebastiaan Bleekemolen while the latter returns Ulysse Delsaux and Frédéric Gabillon; all three drivers skipped racing in the NWES last year.
CAAL Racing will be a three-driver team for 2021 as its fourth entry the previous year—fielded in alliance with Solaris Motorsport—becomes a permanent Solaris car. With Villeneuve moving to Academy and Patrick Lemarié heading to DF1, FEED Vict Racing is not returning. Perhaps the most notable absence is PK Carsport, who fielded two cars for Stienes Longin and reigning champion Alon Day in 2020. Longin has returned to Belgium to race in the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Benelux while Day is focusing on touring cars in Israel, both likely keen on remaining in their home countries as the pandemic continues. PK will continue racing in 2021 in the BMW M2 CS Cup and GT2 European Series.
“We are ready to kick off what will be an amazing season and want to thank all our partners, teams and drivers for their confidence,” said series CEO Jerome Galpin. “Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain, Autodrom Most, Czech Republic and Brand Hatch, UK hosting the first NASCAR GPs of the calendar are already at full speed and we can’t wait to welcome back fans at the racetracks to experience the EuroNASCAR pure racing.”
The season will begin on 15/16 May at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
|1||Academy Motorsport with Alex Caffi Motorsport|
|2||Academy Motorsport with Alex Caffi Motorsport|
|5||Academy Motorsport with Alex Caffi Motorsport|
|23||Iceboys with DF1 Racing|
|46||Marko Stipp Motorsport|
|48||Marko Stipp Motorsport|
|89||Not Only Motorsport|
|90||Not Only Motorsport|