Kontich, Belgium, April 30th, 2019. The globally respected MOOG® brand is set to begin its third year as official steering and suspension components provider of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series™ (NWES), one of Europe’s fastest growing and most exciting racing series. MOOG parts, which for 53 consecutive years have helped steer the champions of North America’s Monster Energy NASCAR® Cup Series, will be fitted on every competitor’s car in the 2019 NWES. Last year’s Euro NASCAR champions, Alon Day, second year winner in a row and ELITE 2 Division Champion Ulysse Delsaux, also drove to victory using MOOG parts.
“MOOG is one of the automotive aftermarket service industry’s premier brands, known for state of the art technologies and exceptional quality, reliability and performance,” said NWES President and CEO Jérôme Galpin. “This great sponsorship benefits all parties – including our teams, drivers and fans – by increasing awareness of this outstanding, American-bred style of racing as well as the impressive benefits of choosing MOOG parts.”
The 2019 calendar will comprise 13 rounds of racing at leading road courses and oval tracks in Spain, Italy, the U.K., Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The series begins April 13-14, 2019, at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, and will conclude with final-round action October 5-6 at Belgium’s Circuit Zolder. The series will also return to France with a special All-Star time-attack event.
The calendar includes:
· May 11-12: Franciacorta, Italy (Rounds 3 & 4)
· June 1-2: Brands Hatch, U.K. (Rounds 5 & 6)
· June 22-23: T.B.A. France (All-star time attack)
· June 29-30: Most, Czech Republic (Rounds 7 & 8)
· July 13-14: Venray, Netherlands (Round 9 & 10)
· September 21-22 : Hockenheim, Germany (Semi-Finals)
· October 5-6: Zolder, Belgium (Finals)
Established in 2012, NWES features NASCAR®-sanctioned cars powered by 400-horsepower V8 engines. Series championships are awarded in two divisions – ELITE 1, for pro and semi-professional drivers; and ELITE 2, which is restricted for young guns and drivers rated Silver and Bronze levels. More than 150.000 fans attended NWES events in 2018. A new logo has been unveiled for the 2018, playing up the series’ alignment with the 70x-plus year heritage of authentic American NASCAR® competition.
“The Euro NASCAR’ aggressive, door-to-door style of racing has become extremely popular among motorsports enthusiasts across Europe,” said Paul Tersi, brand manager, chassis, EMEA Aftermarket, Tenneco/Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA. “This innovative sponsorship builds on the MOOG brand’s 53 years of leadership in NASCAR® competition and 100-year heritage of developing high-quality products. Every car fan will see in the NWES this season will be using precision-engineered MOOG components.”
The 2019 season will mark a number of growth milestones for the NWES with several high-profile drivers and at least three new teams joining the competition. Among others, 1997 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) icon Ellen Lohr will join the best NASCAR drivers of the Old Continent to chase the Euro NASCAR title. In addition, powerhouse teams like Racing Engineering and Team Bleekemolen will make their Euro NASCAR debut with title ambitions straight out of the gate.
To learn more about MOOG products, from wheel-end bearings to tie rods, track control arms and more, visit moogparts.eu.
As of this year, Monroe will also be part of the NWES together with MOOG. Founded in 1916 in Monroe, Michigan, Monroe Shocks and Struts is one of the most respected brands in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. MOOG and Monroe are both part of the new company DRiV™.