Victory the first for an Italian driver in Euro NASCAR
Eddie Cheever III won his first NASCAR race in his third attempt by conquering the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 1 Saturday Race at Brands Hatch, UK. The Italian driver lead every lap, claiming a win that make him proud and represents an important step in his stock-car career.
“It’s an honor for me to be counted among NASCAR race winners and I hope this is just the first of many to come. It was fantastic to achieve it in my what was my third stock-car race,” sai Eddie, who is also leading the classification of the Jerome Sarran Trophy for drivers aged 25 and under. “Winning is never easy and we worked very hard for this result. I want to thank CAAL Racing for giving me a very fast Chevrolet SS #51 and I hope to be able to repeat very soon”
The historic victory, the first for an Italian driver in the European NASCAR Series, came few hours after Eddie won the pole position in a very close saturday morning qualifying session that saw 19 drivers separated by just 7 tenths of a second. Starting from the pole was fundamental for the final result on the tight 1.198 miles British track.
“Starting in front is very important on this track and winning the pole in my second NASCAR qualifying session was amazing, considering also that we went very close to it Valencia in April,” continued Cheever. “Once the green flag dropped, I had to keep myself focused to avoid any mistake and to keep all the doors closed. I knew the track vey well and I gave my best each and every lap”.
The next NASCAR Whelen Euro Series event will take place in France at the Tours Speedway – a half-mile oval track built in downtown Tours, with four 9-degree banked turns – and it will mark Eddie’s debut on oval.
“We were alway very competitive this year. I think that the Series’ top drivers will battle for the win again in Tours and I believe we can be very fast. To contend for the top step of the podium on an oval would be fantastic,” concluded Cheever.