As The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series turns nine next season, and the Modified Series continues its established legacy, good news comes today in the way of a NASCAR Series partnership extension. Whelen, a deeply involved with Motorsports Connecticut-based engineering company, has agreed to continue their partnership with both the European and the Modified Racing Series to 2024.
Whelen Extends NASCAR Series Partnerships
On December 6th, NASCAR released an official press release detailing the partnership between Whelen and NASCAR. In the press release, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Jim Cassidy praised Whelen, saying “The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series are critical to reaching fans, developing talent and delivering great racing both domestically and abroad.”
The Whelen Euro Series only runs one oval race in France. Five other races are held on various road courses. The Whelen Modified Series runs many more races, with the season starting in March and wrapping up in October. The majority of Modified races were broadcasted on NBCSN this year.
Whelen originally started its partnership with the modified series in 2005, after the series went through the names “NASCAR Winston Modified Tour” and “NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series”. Whelen has since been with the series.
The inception of the NASCAR Euro series was in 2009. 2013 was the year that the series adopted the Whelen title, and started getting support from the engineering company.
Alongside NASCAR, Whelen has had involvement in IMSA racing by being part of the Whelen/Team Fox No. 31 Prototype car. The team placed second out of the 13 prototype cars this season, being just 19 points behind the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac.
With Whelen’s involvement in the Euro Series, the Modified Series, and IMSA, you could argue that the company has a large involvement in North American motorsports. And based off of this agreement with NASCAR, Whelen plans to stay as a stable brand in motorsports for a while to come.
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