Saturday, March 1, 2014
PHL to Host late-model NASCAR-qualifying Asian V8 Championship Series
Last Thursday, February 27, 2014 The Philippine Formula Autosport Foundation, Inc. (PFAFI) has signed a memorandum of agreement with NASCAR representative to become its exclusive regional partner in mounting the first-ever Asian V8 Championship Series, a set of races to determine top Filipino and Asian drivers to participate in NASCAR sanctioned United States and European events.
The agreement was signed by PFAFI founder and president Tom Pastor, Ed Cox of Orion Motorsport representing US NASCAR and Euro NASCAR, at the Resorts World Manila Atrium.
“We are excited to finally partner with one of the world’s largest motorsports franchises and earn the distinction of hosting the NASCAR qualifying event in the entire Asian region,” said Pastor.” With this partnership, we are all-revved up to bring the Philippines back on the global map of motorsports."
On hand to witness the signing ceremony were top executives of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) led by COO Mark Lapid; selected consuls and ambassadors; proponents of Circuit Showdown, a grassroots motorsports events which holds both time trial and wheel to wheel racing; and renowned stock car drivers; Enzo Pastor of the Philippines, Christian Jones and Callum Whatmoore from Australia and Joe Marzei from Macau.
The Asian V8 Championship Series will feature eight late-model NASCAR racecars with brand new engines and 16 International stock car drivers.
The races are stated on April 5 and 6 at the 2.8 km Clark International Speedway in Mabalacat, Pampanga; May 3 and 4 at the 3.4 km Batangas Racing circuit
Winners in the Asian V8 Championship Series Open and Pro categories will be qualified to race in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in Europe and the K&N Pro NASCAR Series in the United States respectively.
On February 13, PFAFI signed a memorandum of agreement with TIEZA under the Department of Tourism to promote sports tourism in the country via the Asian V8 Championship Series.
“Under the agreement, the Asian V8 Championship Series will help our economy by creating direct mechanics and technical consultant employment and boost racing tourism by developing and promoting the country as a regional hub for testing, training and competing in late-model NASCAR cars,” said Pastor.
“The weekend races at the Clark International Speedway and Batangas Racing Circuit will definitely bring in international driving and racing aficionados to the country that will discover and appreciate our more than 7,100 island through cross country motoring and realize that when it comes to racing, it’s more fun in the Philippines”, he added.
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