DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — official series release — NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard photo —
On Sunday, February 15, Anthony Kumpen will cash his prize for winning the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title by entering the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway.
The Belgian driver will contest his first career NASCAR race in the United States as part of a program that will include a quest for his second consecutive European NASCAR title as well as additional stateside NASCAR events during the NWES summer break.
“It’s really exciting, I can’t wait for it. My first NASCAR race in the U.S. will not be easy, for sure, because I need to gain some experience on ovals, but I want to be prepared,” said Kumpen. “That’s why we are trying to log as many miles as we can and learn as much as possible before the race. We are taking it step by step.”
“I want to do it in the best possible way — and with Jerome Galpin we are working to see what other races I could do later in the year. The focus will definitely be on being the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion again, but when we’re not racing in Europe, I want to do as much as possible in the U.S.”
Kumpen will pilot the No. 99 NWES Toyota Camry, fielded by 5-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship team Bill McAnally Racing. BMR is the only team to take part full-time in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, and won a total of six races in 2014.
Bert Longin, Kumpen’s NWES teammate at PK Carsport who placed sixth in the ELITE 1 Division standings in 2014, will also be at New Smyrna to race in the Late Model Division in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series during the World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing from Feb. 13 to 21.