Former F1 and touring car racer Gianni Morbidelli is the latest big name driver to commit to a season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, after agreeing a deal to race for CAAL Racing in this year's championship which visits Brands Hatch for American SpeedFest 8 on 6-7 June.
Morbidelli, who raced in Grands Prix for Scuderia Italia, Minardi, Ferrari, Footwork and Sauber, before stints in the British and European Touring Car Championships will pilot CAAL's #88 Chevrolet stock car for the full NWES season, including in the two Elite 1 class races at SpeedFest 8.
Morbidelli said: "I look forward to making my debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series with CAAL Racing and the Canneori family and enjoy this season. We have always been on opposite sides, but I always respected Corrado and Luca Canneori and their team. We share the same passion and they are genuine people and I'm glad we finally found a way to race together thanks also to the efforts of our common friends (Touring car driver) Gabriele Marotta and (CAAL Racing track engineer) Carmelo Scoglio.
"EuroNASCAR has a great appeal for the public and exalts the human side for the drivers, but also for the fans, who can experience the events being very close to the protagonists and have a unique time. This is something too often missing in our sport and it is wonderful to be able to find it again."
Morbidelli joins a very strong 2020 NWES grid which also features 1997 F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, as well as former series champions Alon Day and Ander Vilarino.
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