NWES: Vilariño Goes For The Hat-Trick In Europe

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February 14, 2014 — official release — NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard photo — BLOIS, France – Reigning NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Ander Vilariño will go for three titles in a row in 2014. The TFT racing stalwart has already set a second goal as well: to win in the United States.

As a prize for his 2013 championship season, the resident of San Sebastián, Spain will enter the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Watkins Glen during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, with no other ambitions than those imposed by his rank of champion.

Seven wins, three pole positions, 10 top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes sets a high mark to shoot for. The balance of his 2013 season was prolific but, never content with his trips to Victory Lane, Ander Vilariño chose to compete again in the official NASCAR Series in Europe.

“Not even in my dreams I would have imagined to receive two NASCAR Champion’s rings,” said the driver of the #2 TFT-Banco Santander car. “But when the season starts, you forget everything and start again in the hunt for victory. I am happy in this well organized championship, which receives full support from the American NASCAR. My motivation to get the hat-trick couldn’t be stronger.”

To prepare himself for this season, which promises to be even more hard-fought thanks to the arrival of new prestigious teams ready to shake the competition, the 34-year-old Spaniard focused on his physical preparation.

“I’m stronger than ever,” Vilariño warns. “I do a lot of swimming because it is very demanding both physically and mentally. I swim about 25 miles a week.”

More than just a driver, Vilariño is a full member of the TFT family, which he has known since their sports-prototype racing days many years ago. It is hard to imagine him continuing his NASCAR Whelen Euro Series adventure with a team different than the one run by Tony Pereira.

“It is thanks to them if I am in this championship,” Vilariño says. “And I’m grateful for that. Personally and professionally, our relationship makes us stronger. I haven’t had this kind of relationship with another team before. They also have invaluable experience and skills. I am certain that when we will take the car to the track for the first time, our performances will immediately improve!”

As he did in 2013, Vilariño will cross the Atlantic and go to the U.S., where he will claim the prize for his title while taking part in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Watkins Glen on August 8. He will race in front of all the best professional teams gathered in the state of New York for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“After last year’s experience in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona on a flat oval, this time I want to race on a road course. Having little experience on ovals, it would take me a lot of time to be prepared and costs would inevitably rise. This way instead I can immediately be a contender because road courses are the strong point of us European drivers.”

The name of the team he will drive for will be unveiled soon, but the ongoing talks suggest that he will have a car capable of winning.

The 2014 NASCAR WHELEN Euro Series season begins officially on April 12th in Valencia, Spain at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. For more information, visit hometracks.nascar.com.

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