NASCAR GP Belgium: Thomas Krasonis is ready for the grand final at Zolder

Thomas Krasonis and the Marko Stipp Motorsport team are ready to tackle the final two races of the 2023 EuroNASCAR season at Zolder.

For the sixth time in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Circuit Zolder will host the EuroNASCAR Finals to crown the 2023 champions and trophy winners.

Tens of thousands of fans are looking forward to the ninth edition of the NWES races in Belgium.

Measuring 4.011 Km, Circuit Zolder opened doors in 1963 and has even hosted Formula 1 races in its history. Since the last reconfiguration of the track, drivers have to master ten turns to dance on the cruel and unforgiving asphalt of Zolder. With several elevation changes, tricky chicanes and high-speed sections, the track is one of the most challenging on the NWES calendar. The NASCAR GP Belgium promises not only exciting racing, but also fun attractions around the paddock for the whole family.

Thomas Krasonis is headed to these final two races with 207 points, 22 away from P10 in the final standings, which is the ultimate goal since the start of the season.

The schedule of the event is as follows [CEST]:

Saturday, October 14

Qualifying: 10:00-10:25

Race 1: 14:00

Sunday, October 15

Race 2: 14:05

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Nina Weinbrenner

NASCAR GP Germany – Aiming for a good result at Oschersleben

Thomas Krasonis and Marko Stipp Motorsport travel at the Oschersleben track for rounds 9 and 10 of the 2023 EuroNASCAR championship.

After the podium finish in the Czech Republic round of the 2023 EuroNASCAR season, Thomas Krasonis is headed to Germany and the Oschersleben track with high hopes and the aim to finish in the top 10 of the standings.

The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is a 3.696 km long race track with a width of 11–13 m  and elevation changes of 23 m. The circuit is located in Oschersleben, Börde. Its fairly flat contours create a smooth, fast circuit.

Its most challenging aspect is surely the first corner, so having a good flow going into that and keeping it smooth after the start of each race are essential aspects for the race weekend.

Krasonis is 9th in the championship standings and 4th among the Junior category drivers.

Here’s the schedule for the weekend (CEST):

Saturday, September 23rd

-Qualifying 10:00-10:25

-Race 1 14:00

Sunday, September 24th

-Race 2 14:30

Photo credits: Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Nina Weinbrenner

NASCAR GP Czech Republic: Thomas Krasonis ready to battle after the summer break

Thomas Krasonis and Marko Stipp Motorsport are ready to go racing at Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic after the summer break.

After three race weekends and 6 races in total, Thomas Krasonis and the Marko Stipp Motorsport team will commence the second part of the 2023 EuroNASCAR season in the PRO category.

Rounds 7 and 8 of the championship will be held at Autodrom Most, in the Czech Republic. It is the a hard-surfaced 4.212 km track outside of the city of Most, and it combines a long straight with a more technical last part of the lap.

Krasonis visited the circuit last week for a much-needed test, which was focused on ensuring optimum reliability and setting up the car ahead of the race weekend, with the goal of finishing inside the top 10.

With three race weekends to go, Thomas sits on P10 of the standings of the EuroNASCAR PRO category, and P3 amongst the Juniors of the series.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Nina Weinbrenner

NASCAR GP Italy 2023 – All roads lead to Rome for Thomas Krasonis

After the first two rounds of the 2023 EuroNASCAR season, Thomas Krasonis and Marko Stipp Motorsport go to the Vallelunga Circuit.

Situated near Rome, the 4,085 km-track is a unique challenge for the big NASCAR cars – especially on the last 5 turns, on the most technical and slow part of the circuit.

‘I have raced at Vallelunga in the past, and recently I tested there with my car, so I can say that I know it pretty well. I feel comfortable driving in it,’ said Krasonis.

This is the venue in which he achieved his first podium in the series last year, when he was 3rd in the Junior category of the EuroNASCAR PRO championship.

The schedule for the race weekend (Local Italian Time):

Saturday, July 8

Qualifying – 09:50

Race 1 – 13:20

Sunday, July 9

Race 2 – 13:35

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

NASCAR GP UK 2023: Next stop – Brands Hatch!

The 2023 NASCAR Euro Whelen Series continues this weekend at the Brands Hatch circuit, and Thomas Krasonis will be competing in the EuroNASCAR PRO category, with Marko Stipp Motorsport.

It’s been a lengthy break between the opening race weekend in Valencia to this coming weekend in England, West Kingsdown.

The 1.944 km circuit is the Indy version of Brands Hatch. Situated in the southeast of England, it offers a unique challenge for the monstrous NASCAR machines, with just 6 corners, all but one being right handers.

After the first two races of the season, Thomas Krasonis is at the P11 in the standings, after his impressive podium finish in the Junior category of EuroNASCAR PRO.

‘Brands Hatch is definitely the most exciting race for me personally,’ said Thomas.

‘For one, it’s my favorite circuit on the calendar, and secondly, I have had my best ever finish in the series there. Therefore I am looking forward to race again in British ground in a high level competition once again.’

Saturday, June 17
Qualifying: 9:50 CEST
Race 1: 13:50 CEST

Sunday, June 18
Race 2: 14:00 CEST

You can watch all the action HERE, and  follow Thomas Krasonis on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

NASCAR GP Spain 2023: Debut for Thomas Krasonis with Marko Stipp Motorsport

The 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series begins this weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, and Thomas Krasonis will start his second season in the EuroNASCAR Pro category, with Marko Stipp Motorsport.

It’s been a long time coming for this return in the racing bucket for Thomas. After a very positive test session in Germany a couple of weeks ago, the Marko Stipp Motorsport driver is ready to tackle the first round of the 2023 season, in Valencia.

It’s a track Thomas knows very well, having raced there previously in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

This will be the second season in the Elite 1 category of the series for Krasonis.

”Testing went well, as we prepared for the new season and learnt some new things on the car,” said Thomas. ”Now, I feel ready to face this new, exciting challenge of driving on the top category of the championship, and score some big points inside the top 10.”

The 4.005 km circuit in the southeast of Spain offers a good mix of slow, tight corners, and more fast kinks that pose a challenge for the drivers, especially when driving these beasts that the NASCAR cars are.

The schedule of the weekend is as follows:

Saturday, May 6
Qualifying: 9:50 CEST
Race 1: 13:30

Sunday, May 7
Race 2: 14:05 CEST

You can watch all the action HERE, and  follow Thomas Krasonis on Facebook and Twitter.

Thomas Krasonis joins Marko Stipp Motorsport to compete in EuroNASCAR PRO

Marko Stipp Motorsport has filled the first of two cars for the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season with a driver who is a NWES veteran despite his young age: Thomas Krasonis.

The Greek will drive for the German team led by Marko Stipp in EuroNASCAR PRO and fight for a top-10 finish. Coming from Florida, where the youngster from Athens made his oval racing debut at New Smyrna Speedway, the 21-year-old is ready to take the next step in the official European NASCAR series and conquer the top spots together with Marko Stipp Motorsport.

The first-ever Greek in EuroNASCAR plans to improve from race to race and fight for the top spots in the most competitive NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship. With four top-10 finishes so far in EuroNASCAR 2, Krasonis is preparing to make another improvement at the wheel of a pure V8 beast with 400 hp, H-pattern shifting and no electronic aids. Marko Stipp’s German organization knows how to bring home solid results since 2017. A race win, countless top-10 finishes, and plenty of trophy wins are the team’s foundation.

“I want to be in the top-10 in the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series with Marko Stipp Motorsport and take the next step in my career,” said Krasonis. “I am already looking forward to the race at Brands Hatch, my favorite event on the schedule thanks to the tens of thousands of fans. I’m going to pursue my goals and I think I’m always passionate and committed when it comes to racing. I’m also focused on the important details and always work under pressure.”

A basketball fan, he got his start in racing as a child in karting. He moved on to touring cars before joining the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2019. His father shares his passion for racing as an amateur kart racer, but Thomas Krasonis is the first family member to make a career in racing. When he first sat in a kart at the age of “seven or eight”, he immediately fell in love with racing. His idol is Ayrton Senna.

Recently, Marko Stipp Motorsport also confirmed the return of two-time Club Challenge Champion Gordon Barnes. The British driver will compete for his third consecutive title in the EuroNASCAR regularity test, which includes three 30-minute sessions on Friday at select NWES events. Barnes, who won the title in 2021 and 2022, is tied for the all-time lead with Frenchman Alain Mosqueron, who topped the standings in 2019 and 2020.

“A third title would be amazing,” Barnes stated. “There has been a lot of strong competition the last few years so each title has been hard fought. To get a third would be amazing, especially to do it three in a row. I’ve set a pretty high bar already over the last two years with winning three events in a row, trying to match that is going to be a big challenge.”

The 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season kicks off May 6-7 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. All qualifying and race events will be streamed live on EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel, and various television services around the world. Keep an eye on Krasonis in the Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet in EuroNASCAR PRO. Will he climb the Mount Olympus of NASCAR racing in Europe?

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

Thomas Krasonis to race in the US and the NASCAR series from 2023

Dear friends,

After 12 years of racing in Europe, I’m delighted to announce the next step in my career.

My performance and the results I had after 3 years in the EuroNASCAR series have given me the opportunity to make the next step in my career, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and becoming the first Greek driver to race at the pro category of the USA NASCAR series.

WHELEN EURO SERIES chose me and one more European driver to promote us and give us the chance to compete against the biggest names of the sport for the next few years. From 2023 onward, I will be racing in the US, with the ultimate goal being my participation in the senior category of NASCAR, called NASCAR CUP SERIES. Early November I will be doing my first test in American soil, in Florida, in order to be ready to compete in the first three races in February 2023.

During the first year, I will be competing in specific races in the ARCA and NASCAR TRUCK SERIES, which are sub-divisions of the main NASCAR championship, in order to get familiar with racing in the oval.

I would like to thank once more certain people who I respect and I think have played a massive role in my development as a person and as a driver. First of all, I would like to thank Charis Bourothanasopoulos and Stamatis Katsimis, because they have been by my side and have helped me with their knowledge and expertise in racing, helping me reach the racing level I am at today. Furthermore, I would like to thank Stamatis Lenis and his team, because they have helped my physical condition these years I have been abroad, applying what I learnt from them during our gym sessions.

I would like to also thank Giannis-Marios Papadopoulos and the crew at COSMOTE TV who have helped me since day 1, promoting and showcasing my racing endeavours, starting from 2016.

Finally, I would like to thank all those unspoken supporters and my family who are always by my side and help me from the moment I started this journey.

I am very excited that the effort I put all these years have paid dividents, and I am extremely proud that I am going to be the first representative of the Greek motorsport community in the US.

Thank you for your support and I promise you that I will continue climbing up the ladder until I reach my final destination.

Next stop: Florida.

Interview: Thomas Krasonis’ interview at Autodrom Most (video)

Enjoy the interview Thomas Krasonis gave before Race 2 at the Czech GP of the 2022 EuroNASCAR season.

Watch what he had to say:

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

NASCAR GP Spain – Race 2: Top 15 finish with 12 overtakes for Thomas Krasonis

Thomas Krasonis came back from P26 to finish inside the top 15 on Race 2 of the NASCAR GP Spain in Valencia.

It was a race of attrition and redemption for Thomas Krasonis.

After his comeback in Race 1 on Saturday, Thomas started Sunday’s race from P26, having set the 26th fastest lap time during the first race.

In the 18 laps that followed, the #1 Academy MotorSport driver did all he could and more to climb back in the top 20, and then into the top 15 of the standings.

The two Safety Car periods helped him on his cause, as he battled his way up to P14 at the finish line.

This means he gained 20 positions between the two races at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo during this first NASCAR GP of the season.

The race results are as follows:

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese