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NASCAR GP Italy Preview – The grand finale!

It’s been a long season, and it’s coming to its end at this weekend’s double race at Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi.

After a long EuroNASCAR season, Thomas Krasonis and Academy MotorSport will conclude the 2021 championship at 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.

Thomas sat down with us to talk about the last race of the season and his championship so far.

How well do you know the Vallelunga 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.’

How do you evaluate your season so far?

‘I believe I could have a better position in the standings othen than P13, since I have finished in 3 races less than most other drivers. Nevertheless, I am happy that I am at a competitive level, and I gather experience for 2022.’

Finally, what would you like to improve upon after Zolder?

‘I would like to have better pace at Vallelunga, so I can have the chance to get a strong result, since it’s the last race of the season and I want to give it everything. I will approach this race with ease and I will try to be as close to the guys at the front as possible.’

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

Saturday, October 30

Qualifying – 10:25

Race 1 – 16:35

Sunday, October 31

Race 2 – 10:30

EuroNASCAR – 2021 NASCAR GP UK Preview

The 2021 NASCAR Euro Whelen Series continues this weekend at the Brands Hatch circuit, and Thomas Krasonis will be competing in the EuroNASCAR 2 category, with the EuroNASCAR FJ 2020 car.

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

After a very positive Race 1 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, Thomas Krasonis is ready to tackle the second round of the season.

It’s a track that Thomas knows very well, having raced there previously in in 2019, in the EuroNASCAR 2 category.

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 P15 in the standings, with Academy Motosport holding the third overall position on the team standings.

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

‘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.’

Find below the full schedule of the race weekend, which you can watch on EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel.

Q&A με τον Θωμά Κρασώνη πριν τους αγώνες στο Brands Hatch

Δύο εβδομάδες πριν το δεύτερο αγωνιστικό τριήμερο στο Brands Hatch για το NASCAR Euro Whelen Series, ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης απαντά σε μερικές ερωτήσεις για τον αγώνα της Βαλένθια και τον επερχόμενο στην Αγγλία.

-Πώς ήταν η πρώτη επαφή με το EuroNASCAR στη Βαλένθια;

Ο πρώτος αγώνας της χρονιάς για μένα είναι πάντα ο πιο ευχάριστος. Το γεγονός ότι μπορείς επιτέλους να κάνεις αυτό που αγαπάς είναι αξεπέραστο συναίσθημα. Η ομάδα τα είχε όλα έτοιμα, το αυτοκίνητο ήταν εξαιρετικό από την αρχή και αυτό μου έδωσε τη δυνατότητα σε μια πίστα που ήδη γνωρίζω, να πιέσω για έναν καλό χρόνο από την αρχή των ελεύθερων δοκιμών.

-Πόσο ευχαριστημένος είσαι με το αποτέλεσμα;

Είμαι αρκετά ευχαριστημένος με την απόδοσή μου. Μετά από τόσο καιρό που δεν είχα τρέξει σε κάποιον αγώνα η 7η θέση στον αγώνα του Σαββάτου με ικανοποίησε πλήρως. Τη Κυριακή, παρόλο που εγκατέλειψα, ευχαριστήθηκα τον αγώνα πάρα πολύ και ήμουν χαρούμενος που ήμουν τόσο ανταγωνιστικός στη πρεμιέρα του πρωταθλήματος.

-Ποια η σχέση με τον Jacques Villeneuve μετά το πρώτο αγωνιστικό Σ/Κ;

Τον Jacque τον γνώρισα για πρώτη φορά στις τελευταίες δοκιμές της ομάδας πριν την έναρξη των αγώνων. Είναι ένας πολύ σοβαρός άνθρωπος και επαγγελματίας σε αυτό που κάνει, αλλά συνάμα και πρόθυμος να απαντήσει σε οποιαδήποτε ερώτηση μου σχετικά με τη πίστα ή το αυτοκίνητο.

Στον αγώνα της Ισπανίας ίσχυε το ίδιο φυσικά αν είχα κάποια απορία σχετικά με το σετ απ’ του αυτοκινήτου η τις γραμμές της πίστας ήταν πάντα πρόθυμος να με βοηθήσει – πράγμα που εκτιμώ πάρα πολύ, καθώς οι συμβουλές που παίρνεις από αυτούς τους οδηγούς, έχουν αξία ανεκτίμητη.

-Τι περιμένεις για το Brands Hatch, όντας και μία πίστα που γνωρίζεις καλά;

Το Brands Hatch είναι ο αγώνας που περιμένω από πριν καν αρχίσει η σεζόν. Είναι με διαφορά η αγαπημένη μου πίστα στο καλεντάρι και απολαμβάνω κάθε γύρο που κάνω όταν οδηγάω εκεί. Έχει πολλές ιδιαιτερότητες αλλά θεωρώ ότι το οδηγικό μου στυλ ταιριάζει σε αυτή τη πίστα πιο πολύ από κάθε άλλη. Είμαι πολύ θετικός για τον αγώνα και ευελπιστώ να έχω ένα αρκετά καλό αποτέλεσμα και στους δύο αγώνες.

NASCAR GP Spain – 2021 Valencia NASCAR Fest Preview

The 2021 NASCAR Euro Wheelen Series begins this weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, and Thomas Krasonis will be competing in the EuroNASCAR 2 category, with the EuroNASCAR FJ 2020 car.

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 2021 season, in Valencia.

It’s a track Thomas knows very well, having raced there previously in 2019, in his first year in the EuroNASCAR championship.

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.

Thomas and the other 29 drivers will also have a crowd to cheer them as they go after the track announced that it will allow the presence of 2000 spectators in the grandstands for the whole weekend.

The schedule for the race weekend:

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Facts about the track:

  • Length 4.005 km (2.488 mi)
  • Turns 14
  • EuroNASCAR track record: 1:40.764 – Alon Day (Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR)

Racing program for 2020 season TBA soon

The full program of my racing activities within 2020 will be announced soon.

Stay tuned!

 

Thomas Krasonis

The first Greek in Euro NASCAR: Thomas Krasonis building himself a NASCAR career

The first Greek in Euro NASCAR: Thomas Krasonis building himself a NASCAR career

Συνέντευξη: Ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης μιλά εφ’ όλης της ύλης

Συνέντευξη: Ο Θωμάς Κρασώνης μιλά εφ’ όλης της ύλης

Total Racing Interview of Thomas Krasonis

Press Release: Bittersweet symphony in EuroNASCAR Czech Republic GP

Thomas participated in the 7th and 8th round of NWES, the weekend of 29 and 30 June 2019 at Autodrom Most. The Czech Republic GP was a bittersweet experience as we had an engine failure during qualifying, a good Saturday race starting at the very end and managing a P16 finish, and again a bitter Sunday starting P13 when racing incidents at the first corners created minor body damage that led to tire failure and retirement although we had already climbed to P9 and were fighting for P8.

 

 

 

“I had to start the first race from the back of the grid due to an engine failure that happened during qualifying. I managed to finish 16th.

In the second race i started 13th but after a tire failure i had to retire while fighting for 8th place.”

 

 

 

“I want to thank my team Alex Caffi Motorsport for the support and huge amounts of effort they put into making my car competitive.
Next race will be announced soon.”

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