NASCAR Euro Driver Joins Cup Series With New Team
Another driver made the decision to tackle the NASCAR Cup Series. Loris Hezemans, the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euroseries champion, will compete in a number of races during the 2022 season while driving for a new team.
Named Team Hezeberg, the new organization is a partnership between Dutch entrepreneur Toine Hezemans Ernst Berg. They will also work with Reaume Brothers Racing, which will build the stock cars for the 2022 season, and field the # 27 Ford Mustang. Hezemans will host all road races during the 2022 season with the goal of gaining approval to race the ovals by 2023.
Hezemans will make his unofficial debut on October 11 and 12 in the Next Gen test at the Charlotte Roval. He will work alongside former Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve to test the No.27 with several of the best drivers in the Cup Series.
The Hezeberg team issued a press release on Saturday 9 October announcing the partnership and citing Hezemans and Villeneuve as the main drivers. However, the team did list a scheduled time for a pilot. They did not say whether Villeneuve would make starts in the 2022 season, but Hezemans noted that they would not rule out the former F1 champion racing at some point in 2022, by Bob Pockrass.
TobyChristie.com also noted that this ad answers a lingering question. The outlet announced on August 12 that a Truck Series team will advance to the Cup Series with support from Toyota Racing Development. Toby Christie, founder of the site, revealed that Reaume Brothers Racing was the mystery team. Although they have since started working with Ford.
Hezemans has multiple NASCAR Xfinity starts on his resume
The new driver of the # 27 Ford is no stranger to NASCAR circuits. He made several starts in the Xfinity series while working on getting a license to race on the oval tracks.
Hezemans made his NXS debut during the 2019 season. He joined BJ McLeod Motorsports for a trip to Road America on August 24 and drove the No.99. Hezemans started 24th overall on the road course and s he made his way to 22nd place.
The 24-year-old returned to the NXS in 2021 and tried to prepare for three races. Although he failed to qualify on the trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He drove for Carl Long Motorsports in Phoenix on March 13, starting 40th and finishing 31st driving the No. 13 Chevrolet Camaro. Hezemans then joined DGM Racing at Pocono on June 27, finishing 27th in the # 90 Chevrolet Camaro.
Villeneuve has made multiple starts in the NASCAR series
Hezemans isn’t the only member of the team with experience on NASCAR circuits. Villeneuve also has a full resume that covers F1, IndyCar and stock car racing. He has competed in several NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Truck Series and Euro events.
The 50-year-old has raced four races in the Cup Series. He faced Talladega and Phoenix in 2007 posting a best result of the season with a 21st place finish on the 2.66 mile superspeedway. Villeneuve then raced in the 2010 Brickyard 400 and the 2013 Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Although he didn’t reach the top 20 in his limited Cup Series debut, Villeneuve put in strong performances in what is now the Xfinity Series. He made nine starts from Road America, Watkins Glen and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a track named after his late father. Villeneuve has finished in the top five once at Watkins Glen and three separate times at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, including a third place finish in 2012 for the Penske team in which he led 43 laps.
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