With the latest restrictions issued by the Czech government due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, NWES and Autodrom Most were forced to postpone the upcoming NASCAR GP Czech Republic race to be held on 14-15. November 2020 in the Czech Republic.
And as officially confirmed by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, on the same date the race will be held in Croatia, more precisely in Grobnik in Rijeka, instead of in the Czech Republic.
Thus, Croatia will host one of the most prestigious automobile competitions of the Old Continent "NASCAR GP". By comparison, NASCAR in Europe can be compared to Formula 1.
"In such a challenging and uncertain situation, we must all be responsible and put safety as a top priority. Postponing the NASCAR GP Czech Republic is really sad, but it’s the best decision of all. We all have to adapt to this rapidly changing situation and we are very happy to develop a new event in Croatia with a very motivated partner in Automotodrom Grobnik", Said NWES CEO Jerome Galpin after visiting the track and added:"The Croatian Riviera is beautiful at this time of year, and Rijeka is the perfect place. Automotodrom Grobnik is a fast, technical and fascinating track. We are thrilled to offer this new challenge to NWES teams and drivers and look forward to the first ever NASCAR GP Croatia. "
Located in one of the most attractive tourist areas of the charming Adriatic coast of Croatia, a few minutes away from Rijeka and Opatija, Automotodrom Grobnik will host the 14th and 15th rounds of the NWES 2020 season from November 14 to 15, according to the official NASCAR Whelen Euro website. Series.
"Automotodrom Grobnik cannot imagine a better end to the season. This is certainly the first step towards more attractive and numerous car competitions for the audience. This is proof that NWES President Jerome Galpin has recognized all the improvements we have made on the track itself and the entire facility in recent years. One of our goals is to provide support to the Croatian Auto and Karting Association (HAKS) and its president Davorin Stetner, believing that joint cooperation is inevitable for the future of motorsport and drivers so that they can compete in higher ranks. All of this makes us happy despite this challenging year and gives us the right to believe that next year will bring some new sporting challenges", Said a member of the board of Automotodrom Grobnik, Robert Zikovic.
The first NASCAR Croatia will be broadcast live on EuroNESCAR social networks and on Motosport.tv and Kreator TV on November 14 and 15, 2020, directly from Rijeka.
"We closely monitored the situation with COVID and at a crucial moment managed to ensure the arrival of the spectacular NASCAR for the first time in Croatia! I thank Automotodrom Grobnik and Robert Žiković for the excellent cooperation and I look forward to strengthening car competitions in Croatia”Said the president of HAKS Davorin Stetner.
Thus, Croatia will host two big spectacles, World Rally Championship - WRC-ai NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. What a year for Croatian motorsport and an opportunity for new branding and positioning of Croatia on the global scene.
Photo: Automotodromu Grobnik / Illustration: HrTurizam.hr