“Finally, it’s been a long time coming”, an elated Villeneuve said. “We have been fighting at the front a lot and the car was good in the race. We had a hard time in practice but in qualifying the car was really amazing.
“I got a penalty at the start, I’m not sure why because the rules say ‘go’ on green, so I must have missed something in the rulebook, so I’ll go check. But a good thing I jumped the start because I didn’t have the horsepower against Alon, which was obvious until Turn 1.
“I guess having raced so much on the ovals in the States, I didn’t have to lift on the outside of Turn 1 there. I just went for it and Alon lifted.”
Hezemans managed to hang on and finish fifth, thus meaning he was crowned the youngest-ever two-time EuroNASCAR champion at 24 years of age.
The Dutchman will compete on the road courses of NASCAR’s top-tier Cup Series in the US next year.