NASCAR Whelen Euro Series top driver Gil Linster plans to compete in the Daytona 200 – the Brandt 200 – on February 17, the day before the NASCAR Cup Series iconic Daytona 500. The Luxembourger joined EuroNASCAR in 2017 and has been working hard to make his mark in NASCAR in the US as well. After receiving the superspeedway license during the official ARCA test in January 2024, the 30-year-old confirmed a deal with Kimmel Racing to drive the #68 Ford Mustang at the World Center of Racing. Linster also plans to continue his EuroNASCAR program in 2024, with an announcement expected shortly.
Linster scored his first EuroNASCAR 2 race win with Hendriks Motorsport in 2023, finishing third in points at the end of a strong season at the wheel of the #50 Toyota Camry. The 30-year-old from Frisange has already gained experience on several short tracks in the USA in Late Models, but racing at Daytona International Speedway is one of his biggest dreams for Linster, who has been enjoying the pure racing of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for many years. That dream may come true in February 2024 when the ARCA Menards Series season kicks off at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the Sunshine State of Florida.
“A partner confirmed being on board for the ARCA race today,” said Linster, who still needs to qualify for a spot in the 34-car field. “We will officially be part of the ARCA Menards Series Daytona 200. I’m really happy about this but I have no time to celebrate because there’s a lot of work coming in the next few weeks. We have to develop the design of the car, my racing suit and the helmet. We will sign the contacts and then I will pack my bag and travel to Daytona. The company is also interested in being my partner at selected EuroNASCAR races.”
After his adventure at Daytona, Linster is preparing for his return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The 2024 season kicks off April 13-14 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. EuroNASCAR then visits Italy and the United Kingdom. Oval racing is back on the schedule at Raceway Venray and Linster is looking forward to using his new experience to shine at the short track in the Netherlands. The second half of the season takes place in the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium, culminating with the EuroNASCAR Finals at Circuit Zolder on October 12-13. All races will be broadcast on the EuroNASCAR YouTube channel.
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