For the first time in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, the 2019 ELITE 2 Division regular season was dominated by six drivers making their debut in the European NASCAR championship and coming in with the most diverse backgrounds. Giorgio Maggi from Switzerland leads the pack after Round 9 at Raceway Venray, Vittorio Ghirelli and Lasse Soerensen are chasing him and the top-6 is separated by less than 50 points with four double-points races to go.
Giorgio Maggi – With two poles, two wins, seven top-5 finishes and eight top-10 finishes in nine races, Giorgio Maggi leads the ELITE 2 championship at the end of the regular season. Despite being completely new to NWES, the driver of the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang is playing the NASCAR game like a pro with wins at Valencia and Most. His impressive consistency is paying off.
Vittorio Ghirelli – The Italian is one of the biggest surprises in the 2019 NWES championship. The PK Carsport driver scored his first ever Euro NASCAR win on the high-banked half-mile of Raceway Venray in what was the very first time for him on an oval track. The Fasano-native – a former AutoGP champion – also boasts six top-5s, an impressive nine top-10s and just nine points to gain on Maggi.
Lasse Soerensen – Where did he come from? Lasse Soerensen missed the season opener at Valencia, but since the NASCAR GP Italy the Dane is has been a dominant force in the ELITE 2 field. The Dexwet-df1 Racing driver has the most wins so far this season (four), six top-5 finishes and seven top-10s, resulting in an incredible average finishing position of 2,3. Can Soerensen take the playoffs by storm?
Myatt Snider – Coming straight from the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series after winning the 2018 Rookie of the Year Award, Myatt Snider is one of the strongest drivers in the 2019 season. The American is chasing his first Euro NASCAR win, but scored two podium finishes, three top-5s and eight top-10s despite seeing the tracks and the car for the first time. It will not be long before he reaches Victory Lane.
Advait Deodhar – Coming from a championship-winning season in the ELITE Club Division in 2018, Deodhar enjoyed a strong regular season in his first ELITE 2 campaign. The Indian secured four top-5s and seven top-10s in eight races, climbing on the podium for the first time at Brands Hatch. After missing out the oval race at Venray, the CAAL Racing driver sits fifth in the ELITE 2 standings, 43 points behind Maggi.
Andre Castro – Andre Castro went extremely close to his first NWES win several times during the regular season, but never managed to capture the checkered flag. Despite some painfully bad luck, the New York native was very effective in his NASCAR debut and will keep knocking on the door. He’s just a couple of consecutive good races away from being a back in the title picture.
The best of the rest – The six rookies are chased by a group of veterans who will want to put their experience to good use when it matters most: during the playoffs. Justin Kunz and Nicholas Risitano are respectively 50 and 52 points behind Maggi, while Pierluigi Veronesi and rookie Freddie Hemborg close the top-10 after the regular season.
The ELITE 2 Division will be back in action after the summer break at the iconic Hockenheimring on September 21-22. The Euro NASCAR season final will take place on October 5-6 at the legendary Circuit Zolder in Belgium.