NASCAR heading to Silverstone Festival after historic Le Mans debut

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From Daytona to Maggotts: this summer's Silverstone Festival will host a grid of NASCAR machinery in celebration of a joint 75th anniversary

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Over a dozen stock cars will take to the Silverstone circuit as part of NASCAR's 75th anniversary

NASCAR brings its brand of V8-powered, tyre-smoking racing to Le Mans this weekend, and its rumbling will also be heard in Britain later in the summer, with a grid of cars set to roll out on track at the Silverstone Festival.

Both NASCAR and Silverstone celebrate their 75th anniversaries this year, and the occasion will be marked by daily demonstration runs of stock cars that raced in the series between 1990 and 2015.

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The field will include more than a dozen of the 200mph+ machines, as raced by the likes of Ricky Rudd, Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Bubba Wallace and four-time series champion Jeff Gordon.

The Silverstone Festival, which takes place over the bank holiday weekend, is said to the the first time that the circuit has hosted a group of NASCAR racers.

“It’s a topical milestone as we are also celebrating the 75th anniversary of Silverstone itself at this summer’s Festival as well as the 75th birthdays of two of the greatest sporting marques, Lotus and Porsche, plus Jaguar’s brand-defining XK120,” said event director Nick Wigley. “In so many ways 1948 was clearly a very special year in motoring and motor sport history on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Among those taking part in the parades will be former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan, who owns the No15 Toyota Camry, raced by Clint Bowyer in the 2014 Sprint Cup Series.

“It’s going to be very different and very cool to have a group of them on track at the Festival,” he said. “Being so fast, so noisy and totally unlike anything else on show, they are certain to get lots of attention.”


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NASCAR’s European expedition to Le Mans sees it take the Garage 56 slot for innovative cars in this year’s race.

Piloted by Jenson Button, Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller, the modified Chevrolet Camaro has shown similar pace to the GTE cars so far, as it prepares for the 100th anniversary race, which starts on Saturday.

Tickets for the Silverstone Festival (previously named The Classic) are still available, with the field of V8 stock cars joining a programme of 20 retro races along with live music and access to Silverstone’s F1 FanZone, Funfair and Adrenaline Zone throughout the weekend. Fans can also access trackside grandstands and both racing paddocks to get closer to the action than ever before!

Full details can be found here.