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

NASCAR GP Spain – Race 1: A comeback race for Thomas Krasonis

Thomas Krasonis climbed up 8 positions at the first race of the 2022 EuroNASCAR season in Valencia.

After a difficult qualifying session, during which Thomas didn’t manage to qualify in a better position other than P24, Race 1 in the Ricardo Tormo track was a comeback one.

Despite the three Safety Car periods and lots of tough battles, Thomas didn’t put a foot wrong and managed to climb up to P16, gaining 8 positions on track.

The #1 car of Academy MotorSport proved feisty around the 4 km track in Spain, and we’ll have to wait and see in which position will Thomas start Sunday’s Race 2, since the starting grid for this race is formed by each driver’s fastest lap.

You can watch Sunday’s race here:

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

 

NASCAR GP Spain 2022: Debut for Thomas Krasonis in the EuroNASCAR Pro category

The 2022 NASCAR Euro Whelen Series begins this weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, and Thomas Krasonis will make his debut in the EuroNASCAR Pro category, with Academy MotorSport.

It’s been a long time coming for this return in the racing bucket for Thomas. After a very positive test session in Italy a couple of weeks ago, the Academy Motorsport driver is ready to tackle the first round of the 2022 season, in Valencia.

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

He will now drive t he Ford Mustang NASCAR, a brand new car for his first outing in the Elite 1 category of the series.

”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 14
Qualifying: 9:45 CEST

Sunday, May 15:
Race 2: 14:05 CEST

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

Thirty days to go: Thomas Krasonis previews the new EuroNASCAR season

-How has the preparation gone for the upcoming season?

So far I have only prepared physically and in the 22nd of April I will go to Italy for the first on track testing of the season, for which I am very excited for.

-What’s the biggest difference between the Elite 2 category and the PRO one?

In the EuroNASCAR 2 category, young drivers and new entries test their skills in the championship, while EuroNASCAR Pro is full of professional drivers who race in order to make the next step, which is for most of us is NASCAR in the USA.

-What do you look forward doing behind the wheel the most?

I don’t know exactly. Honestly, there are many things I want to see and test. For sure, I want to race in some of my favorite circuits again and I am really looking forward for the British GP in Brands Hatch

-How does it feel to have the full backing of the team, especially after taking this promotion?

I feel honored and obliged to do my best for the team and repay their trust in me with the best possible results. It’s an amazing feeling to have this much trust from them.

-Any early goals set?

Without a doubt, finishing on the top 10 of the final standings in the ultimate goal, and we’ll work towards that for the whole season.

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series updates 2022 calendar

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series revealed an update to its 2022 calendar. The season will start on May 14-15 in Valencia, Spain due to the cancellation of the NASCAR GP Germany, while the July 9-10 Vallelunga, Italy event will become a championship event.

The 2022 NASCAR GP Germany at the Hockenheimring, which has already had to be postponed the last two years due to the Corona Pandemic, will be canceled after discussions with track management and in consideration of the ongoing difficult circumstances for the event at that venue. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series organization will continue to work relentlessly to ensure the future of NASCAR in Germany.

“We are definitely committed to stand a great NASCAR event in Germany!” Said NWES President CEO Jerome Galpin. “It is really unfortunate for us not being able to make it happen at Hockenheimring since 2019, so we will start immediately to investigate every possible opportunity to come back racing in Germany in 2023!”

The NASCAR GP Spain at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo will open the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season on May 14-15, returning to its traditional spot as the perfect place for the NASCAR season grand opener. An official preseason test at the Spanish track will take place on Thursday, May 14th, offering competitors the opportunity to fine-tune their setups before the green flag flies on the new championship.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

 

Initially scheduled to host the All-Star Event on July 9-10, the Autodromo di Vallelunga, Italy will now host Rounds 5 and 6 of the championship for the delight of the Italian fans. To be run with the traditional NWES event format, the American Festival of Rome will be highlighted by four EuroNASCAR races, the unique atmosphere of an American-themed festival and an unparalleled level of access for the fans.

“We are very excited to continue working with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and we look forward to this new development,” declared Alfredo Scala, CEO of ACI Vallelunga. “The event we will host in July will become even more important and we are sure that fans, from Italy and beyond, will flock to the Vallelunga circuit for an event that will combine the excitement of EuroNASCAR racing with plenty of family-friendly attractions at the track, all at a time of the year when Rome and Italy offer unique beauty and incomparable weather.”

“We are very excited to visit Rome in July to run a NASCAR championship event,” confirmed Jerome Galpin. “The Autodromo di Vallelunga is an amazing place offering drivers a stunning layout. We can rely on the Italian tifosi’s world famous passion and on the quality of the organization there to make the 2022 American Festival of Rome a huge popular success!”

The revised 2022 ​​NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship calendar will include six events: after Valencia on May 14-15, the official European NASCAR championship will visit Brands Hatch, UK (June 11-12), Vallelunga, Italy (July 9-10), Most, Czech Republic (September 3-4) and Zolder, Belgium (October 8-9) before crowning the European NASCAR champion in Grobnik, Croatia (October 29-30).

A brand new event will take place in the winter: the Winter Classic will bring NASCAR cars to compete on ice for the first time ever. Location and details will be announced in due course.

Official press release from EuroNASCAR

Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport announces Lemarie, Krasonis, Monti

Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport is building towards its sophomore season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series by announcing the first three drivers of its lineup. Patrick Lemarie will join the team in 2022, Thomas Krasonis will step into the EuroNASCAR PRO championship and Team Owner Federico Monti will enter EuroNASCAR 2 full-time.

After a positive weekend with the team in Zolder last year, in which Lemarie earned his best result of the season with the sixth place in the Saturday race, the Paris-native signed to drive for the Italian-Monegasque organization, bringing his huge experience to the project.

“I needed a new challenge after Zolder last year. I really enjoyed working with Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport, they gave me the opportunity to race this year with them with a very clear goal: win races. I feel like a 20 year old driver and I am expecting a very strong racing year with Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport,” said Lemarie, who returned behind the wheel in NWES in 2020 after a long absence.

Thomas Krasonis will move to the EuroNASCAR PRO championship in 2022. The 20-year-old Greek finished 13th in points in EuroNASCAR 2 with two top-10s last year driving the #2 Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport EuroNASCAR FJ.

”It is really a great opportunity that Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport is giving me. I wish to be as competitive as possible in this new challenge. I feel honored to represent the team at this level. I will work really hard to have a very strong season with important results,” said Krasonis.

With two Club Challenge seasons and several EuroNASCAR PRO starts under his belt, Team Owner Federico Monti will chase the Club Challenge title again in 2022 and also enter the EuroNASCAR 2 championship.

”Preparing for a new season requires an intense commitment, we are defining our programs working together with Alex Caffi who is always willing to share his incredible experience. We are really impatient at this point to announce the complete team and to start our test sessions,” concluded Monti.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will start on April 9-10 at the iconic Hockenheimring, in Germany. All races will be streamed live on the EuroNASCAR social media profiles – Youtube, Facebook and Twitch – as well as on Motorsport.tv.

Press release from Gian Luca Guiglia – Photo credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης προβιβάζεται στην κατηγορία Elite 1 Pro του EuroNASCAR για το 2022

Ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης επελέγη από την ομάδα της Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport να προβιβαστεί στην κατηγορία Elite 1 / EuroNASCAR PRO για τη σεζόν του 2022.

Μετά την επιτυχημένη πορεία του κατά τη σεζόν του 2021, κατά την οποία κατάφερε να βαθμολογηθεί συχνά και να έρθει 13ος στη βαθμολογία, ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης θα συνεχίσει να αγωνίζεται με τα χρώματα της Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport, κάνοντας όμως το επόμενο βήμα.

Η ιταλική ομάδα έμεινε κατενθουσιασμένη από τις εμφανίσεις του την περυσινή σεζόν, και μετά από σχετικές συζητήσεις, αποφάσισε να προβιβάσει τον Έλληνα οδηγό στην κατηγορία the Elite 1 / EuroNASCAR PRO, την κορυφαία στο πρωτάθλημα του 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

Αυτό σημαίνει πως ο 20χρονος οδηγός θα βρεθεί στο υψηλότερο επίπεδο ανταγωνισμού, με αντιπάλους του πρώην πρωταθλητές και νικητές στην κατηγορία.

Ο Federico Monti, επικεφαλής της of Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport, αναφέρει σχετικά:

«Με μεγάλη μας χαρά ανακοινώνουμε πως ο Θωμάς θα βρίσκεται στην ομάδα μας, οδηγώντας το αυτοκίνητό μας. Είναι ένας εξαιρετικός άνθρωπος και οδηγός. Ελπίζουμε το 2022 να είναι μία επιτυχημένη σεζόν για εκείνον και την of Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport. Θα συμμετάσχει στην κατηγορία ENPro και αυτό σίγουρα θα του δώσει την ευκαιρία να έχει ένα λαμπρό μέλλον.»

Ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης σημείωσε:

«Νιώθω πολύ χαρούμενος που η ομάδα με εμπιστεύεται για μια ακόμα χρόνια και πιστεύει στις ικανότητές μου. Πλέον θα έχω την ευκαιρία να αγωνιστώ στη μεγάλη κατηγορία, ανάμεσα σε επαγγελματίες οδηγούς κάτι που δεν μου δίνει απλά κίνητρο να δώσω το 1000% των δυνατοτήτων μου, αλλά αποτελεί ένα τεράστιο βήμα, ώστε να πετύχω το στόχο μου: να αγωνιστώ στο Αμερικανικό NASCAR.

«Θέλω τους ανθρώπους που με πιστεύουν να στέκονται δίπλα μου και παλεύουν και αυτοί μαζί με εμένα για να μπορέσω να πετύχω τους στόχους μου.

«Είμαι πολύ αισιόδοξος για το 2022 και ελπίζω να δικαιώσω την εμπιστοσύνη των ιδιοκτητών της ομάδας Federico Monti και Alex Caffi.»

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Thomas Krasonis promoted to Elite 1 Pro for the 2022 EuroNASCAR season with Academy MotorSport

Thomas Krasonis was chosen by Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport team to be promoted to the Elite 1 / EuroNASCAR PRO category for the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

After a successful 2021 season with the Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport outfit, during which he finished the season P13 of the classification, Thomas Krasonis will continue with the Italian squad, doing the next step for 2022.

The team was delighted with his performance from this past season, and after thoughtful consideration, decided to promote him to the Elite 1 / EuroNASCAR PRO category, the top flight of the championship.

This means that Krasonis is going to compete in the higher level, among professional drivers and champions.

Federico Monti, team principal of Academy Motorsport/Alex Caffi Motorsport states: ‘It is with great pleasure that we announce that Thomas will be in our team, driving our car, he is an amazing boy and amazing driver. We really hope 2022 will be a successful season for him and for Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport. He will be competing in ENpro and this for sure will give him many more opportunities for a brilliant future.”

Thomas Krasonis said: ‘I feel really happy that the team trusts me and believes in my abilities. From next year onwards, I will have the opportunity to race at the biggest category, amongst professional racing drivers, which gives me the motivation to push beyond my limits. It’s a big step in my career, one that will help me achieve my goal: to race at the NASCAR series in the US.

‘I want the full support of the people around me, and with them by my side I will achieve the goals I have set.

‘I am very optimistic for the 2022 season and I hope I can justify the trust that the team owners, Federico Monti and Alex Caffi, have shown me.’

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

EuroNASCAR Italy – Race 2: A final full of overtakes!

Thomas Krasonis signs off this year’s EuroNASCAR championship with a solid P10 position at Vallelunga.

Having started from P16 for the second race of the weekend at Autodromo Vallelunga, Thomas had set a clear goal of passing as many cars as possible, to get a good points’ haul and improve his championship position.

And he did just that, right from the start.

He had a much cleaner and tactical race than Saturday, and managed to climb up 4 places by lap 10, sitting in P12.

Around that time, Tobias Dauenhauer did a mistake and went off track, and when he got back on it, he lost a lot of time, allowing Thomas to catch and pass him in a matter of seconds.

Lanza was attacking Thomas for the next couple of laps, pressuring the Greek driver into making a mistake. However, in a twist of irony, Lanza was the one who made an error, meaning Thomas was able to finish P11.

After the race, a penalty from one of the drivers who passed the checkered flag in front of him promoted him onto P10, for a solid top 10 result.

That was the end of a long season in the EuroNASCAR championship, which started on May 15 and finished 5 months later.

Thomas finishes in P13 in the final standings.

Last but not least, congratulations to Martin Dubek for the EuroNASCAR 2 title. Well deserved!

EuroNASCAR Italy – Race 1: P12 on a rollercoaster race for Thomas Krasonis

Thomas Krasonis got P12 in Race 1 at Autodromo Vallelunga, in an up-and-down 60 km run with lots of overtakes and a Safety Car period.

This year’s EuroNASCAR championship ends at Vallelugna, outside Rome, and the goal was and is the same: a finishing position at the top 10.

Thomas started Race 1 from P16, and what was about to happen for the next 15 laps was an amazing rollercoaster of events.

He climbed up to P15 after the first couple of laps, and after that, he lost some ground battling it out with the other drivers. That meant he lost 3 positions, going back to P18 for the better part of the race.

However, with 5 laps remaining, #56 lost the control of his car, unable to continue, meaning that the Safety Car had to go out and set the pace while the track was cleared of the stationed car.

Thomas took advantage of the situation and got back to P15, just before the SC was deployed.

After it left the track, and with just 2 laps remaining, he managed to grab 3 more positions to finish in P12, securing a +6-finishing position on the results.

In a grid that is so competitive, with everyone trying to get every inch of advantage they can, this result is one to hold on.

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric