By finishing and not taking too many risks during his oval debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Phoenix Raceway yesterday, Loris Hezemans made his first important step towards obtaining the NASCAR Cup Series approval. A condition to be allowed to compete in this Series next year.
And that this would not be an easy job was known. Due to COVID-19, there were no practice sessions and qualifications and Loris had to start the race without any experience in his #13 Hezeberg Systems Chevrolet Camaro of the Reaume Brothers Racing team.
Due to the lack of practice time for the car’s setup, Loris suffered from a lot of understeer in the corners from the start, something that did not improve during the race. But the goal of Loris Hezemans was not to compete for victory in the Valley of the Sun but to finish, and he did just fine.
The next step for Loris to get his NASCAR Cup Series license will be the NASCAR Xfinity race on the 1.5 mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway which will be run on May 29, 2021.
“The main goal of the race is achieved and that is to finish the race without any problems. Unfortunately right from the start we had a lot of understeer which we tried to adjust during the pit stops but every time the car felt the same just like if something was stuck and causing us to get more and more understeer. From that point on it was just making sure I finished because every time I tried to push the understeer got worse and worse. It’s a pity because I think if we could have controlled that problem a top 25 result would have been possible. I’m looking forward to the next race in May at the Charlotte oval and would especially like to thank my sponsors Hezeberg Systems and Timezone for their support”.