Loris Hezemans and Tobias Dauenhauer to share the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Mustang

Reigning EuroNASCAR champion Loris Hezemans will defend his title behind the wheel of the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang in 2020. The Dutchman is set share the car with NWES newcomer Tobias Dauenhauer from Germany, who will make his NASCAR debut in the EuroNASCAR 2 (EN2) division and also compete for the Rookie Trophy. Hezemans won the European NASCAR title in 2019 in what was only his second fulltime EuroNASCAR season, by scoring four victories in a row in Most, Venray and Hockenheim. With his impressive performance throughout the playoffs in Germany and Belgium he paved his way to become the youngest NWES champion whose name was added to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Dutchman will defend his title once again with Hendriks Motorsport this year to try and become the fourth two-time champion in the history of NWES. The Dutch team, which has worked his way up as one of the best teams in NWES in just a short amount of time, will be on the grid with three cars in Valencia. Five drivers have been confirmed as of now with one seat still open within the team.

“Last year we showed that we were a really good team”, said the 22-year-old from Amsterdam. “Not only did we manage to claim the drivers’ championship, but also the teams’ championship. We truly showed what we are capable of and I’m convinced we can repeat that this year. The competition will be stronger than last year, because there will be more experienced drivers on the grid and the best EuroNASCAR 2 drivers will participate in the EuroNASCAR PRO division. There will be a lot of potential race winners and drivers who could end up finishing in the top five and top ten.”

Wins are never guaranteed and it is often harder to repeat that the next season, but Hezemans is confident he is well prepared: “I have to learn from the mistakes I made last year, but also hold on to the things that went well. We will try to hold on to the consistency we showed in the second half of 2019 and keep up the momentum we gained from winning the championship. Of course staying with Hendriks Motorsport is an important factor as well. We learned a lot in 2018 and immediately showed that we were a team that always had to be taken into account. Everything was new back then, also for them. We’re in a flow after winning the drivers’ and teams’ championships and that will definitely help us.”

New within the Hendriks Motorsport squad this year is 22-year-old German racer Tobias Dauenhauer. In 2017 he made the transition from karting to professional racing, when he made his debut in the VLN championship on the infamous Nürburgring. In 2018 and 2019 he gained a lot of experience in GT3- and GT4-racing across Europe. After taking part in the NWES driver recruitment program, Dauenhauer will make the transition to racing in NASCAR with Hendriks Motorsport in the EuroNASCAR 2 division. By sharing the car with the reigning NWES champion, the German has a solid base for a successful debut season in the official European NASCAR series.

“I’m happy to be racing for championship winning team Hendriks Motorsport in the European NASCAR series in 2020”, said the 22-year-old from Heppenheim. “I’m proud to a part of the team and I’m confident we will fight at the front of the field in the upcoming season. I want to learn a lot from them and develop myself as a driver. I can’t wait for the season to start and take on this new challenge. I’m very motivated.”

Hezemans is already looking forward to work together with Dauenhauer in NWES in 2020: “I know him, because we raced together in the Spa 24 Hours in 2018. He competed in GT4 races and was looking for something new for 2020. We introduced him to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and that is where it all began. He took part in the driver recruitment program and did well during testing. EuroNASCAR is completely new to him and he will have to get used it, but he will find his way and I’m looking forward to work together with him.”

The 2020 NWES season kicks off on April 25-26 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain with the seventh edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest.

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