Max Verstappen is Coming to NASCAR, At Least His Paint Scheme Is

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Photo credit: Brian Lawdermilk - Getty Images
Photo credit: Brian Lawdermilk - Getty Images

There’s a new Cup team coming to NASCAR in 2022. And while there have been many teams who have announced a move to NASCAR’s top tier series through the years, the success of those new teams actually sticking around has been mixed. Most of the new teams have been ones who have usually spent a couple of seasons in the lower tiers and have come from the United States.

Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway another new team announced a move to the Cup series next season. But this team is much different than most of the others.

Team Hezeberg, with a bit of help from Reaume Brothers Racing, will run a Ford Mustang part time in the Cup series next season. To start they will campaign on the 6 road courses on next year’s schedule. The team is owned by Hezeberg Systems and will have two drivers behind the wheel: NASCAR Whelen Euro Champion Loris Hezemans and former Formula One Champion Jacques Villeneuve. The team has the distinction of being the first to move to the Cup series from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

The Hezemens are from Holland, and the team is owned by Toine Hezemans, father of Loris and a former European touring Car champion and two time 24 hours of Le Mans winner along with Dutch entrepreneur Ernst Berg (hence the team Hezeberg name).

Tonie was quick to acknowledge that the allure of coming to America and the Cup series is the new Next Gen car which will debut in 2022. According to Hezemans NASCAR’s Next Gen car is closer those cars raced in Europe and that makes it more attractive to European racers.

“It's completely. It is for the first time in ages,” he said. “It has an independent suspension with a European type sequential gearbox. It has 18-inch wheels, which is a revolution, I understand. It has a center lock, which is another revolution. I mean, suspension wise, the brakes, everything that we have the same in Europe and that it's on all the other cars, so it is not completely different. This car is really like, I would say, it's fantastic. NASCAR did it. It’s really comparable more or less what we have in Europe.”

Not only are the new cars more Euro centric, but if anyone wants to understand just how popular F1 driver Max Verstappen is in his home country they need only listen to Dutchman Toine Hezemans after the car was unveiled at the press conference Saturday. The primary color is orange and according to Hesemans there is only one reason for that.

“Well, it's now becoming quite popular in car racing in general, thanks to our Max Verstappen who is making Holland completely crazy,” he said standing by the car. “It's all in orange. That's why this color. Really that's it.”

Jacques Villeneuve will be testing the team's Next Gen car this coming week as NASCAR tests on the Charlotte ROVAL.

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