By: Kobe Lambeth
Dreams do come true! 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champ, Anthony Kumpen, will make his restrictor plate racing debut on the high banks of Daytona next month in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener.
He will drive the Number 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro for Precision Performance Motorsports. Kumpen’s dream came true thanks to the Nexteer Road to Daytona, which is designed to bring European drivers across the pond to NASCAR in the United States. I love that there is a program in place for foreign drivers who wish to pursue a career in America. In the future, I hope we see more drivers from foreign nations make the move to NASCAR. It appears that Kumpen cannot wait to race at the historic Daytona International Speedway.
“We worked all year to get the approval to do Daytona and it is fantastic to finally be able to race there. To race at Daytona is a dream for every NASCAR driver. It is a very special track, and for a European NASCAR driver, it is even more special. I’m proud and happy that we can be there. It all started thanks to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and I am grateful for this. I want to thank everybody involved from sponsors to NASCAR. I am the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to go to Daytona and I hope this will be an inspiration for young drivers to join the NWES.”
I wish Anthony Kumpen the best of luck as the Belgian race car driver will have the opportunity to race at one of the most historic race tracks in the world. Also, Kumpen confirmed that there are not plans in place to run the ARCA race at Daytona. However, it could be beneficial to get some more experience in the draft. Well, anything is possible in NASCAR!
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