Saturday, April 20, 2024

Ryan Vargas: NASCAR Euro Series cars are “wild to drive”

Ryan Vargas is not much of a road course racer, but he was more than up for the challenge against the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series when he and 3F Racing made their series débuts in last weekend’s NASCAR GP Germany at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Despite being his first time competing in Europe and doing so in the top-level EuroNASCAR PRO class, he scored tenth-place finishes in both races.

Vargas got to showcase his skill early when he cracked the top ten in qualifying to advance to the Superpole round, pacing in tenth.

Race #1 took place on his 23rd birthday, where he notched a tenth. While post-race penalties tossed up the results, most notably causing Vittorio Ghirelli to lose the win to Paul Jouffreau due to a non-spec air filter, Vargas mostly avoided scrutiny to keep his top ten.

“The Euro cars are a bit more rigid and built to handle road courses better,” he posted on social media. “A mix of a bias-ply tire and lower power means you can absolutely THRASH the car around and find different ways to find speed.

“Plus, they’re still big stock cars, so they’re WILD to drive.”

The second race saw Vargas start twelfth before spending the day fighting with 2018 EuroNASCAR 2 champion Ulysse Delsaux and Lucas Lasserre to get back into the top ten. Lasserre eventually dropped out with a tyre puncture, leaving Vargas to fend off Delsaux for tenth, an effort that ended successfully.

“I’m so impressed because when I raced the NASCAR Euro series, EuroPro was so so stacked. So a top 10 on your first outing is mega,” Myatt Snider wrote to Vargas. Snider is a fellow American who raced the EuroNASCAR 2 calendar in 2019 before returning stateside.

The double top ten marks a strong entrance for 3F Racing into NASCAR-sanctioned competition. The German-owned team plans to compete in the Cup Series in the future, and hired Vargas in July as their driver development director. 3F also has a late model programme, with whom EuroNASCAR 2 part-timer Max Mason tested at Hickory in August.

With Germany out of the way, Vargas will return to the United States to run the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. He was the fifteenth American to race in the NWES, joining the likes of Snider, Andre CastroJennifer Jo CobbRick CrawfordJeffrey EarnhardtEric FilgueirasBrandon GdovicBen KennedyBobby LabonteJulia LandauerKevin O’ConnellDale QuarterleyNick Strickler, and Giles Thornton.

EuroNASCAR PRO Race #1 results

Finish Number Driver Team Manufacturer
1 3 Paul Jouffreau RDV Competition Ford
2 99 Tobias Dauenhauer Bremotion Chevrolet
3 56 Marc Goossens CAAL Racing Chevrolet
4 72 Vittorio Ghirelli Team Bleekemolen Chevrolet
5 54 Gianmarco Ercoli CAAL Racing Chevrolet
6 24 Anthony Kumpen PK Carsport Chevrolet
7 50 Liam Hezemans Hendriks Motorsport Toyota
8 14 Ulysse Delsaux Speedhouse Ford
9 69 Sebastiaan Bleekemolen Team Bleekemolen Ford
10 30 Ryan Vargas 3F Racing Chevrolet
11 34 Thomas Toffel Race Art Technology Chevrolet
12 48 Tuomas Pontinen Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet
13 66 Thomas Dombrowski Team Bleekemolen Chevrolet
14 46 Thomas Krasonis Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet
15 65 Riccardo Romagnoli The Club Motorsport Chevrolet
16 88 Max Lanza CAAL Racing Chevrolet
17 64 Lucas Lasserre Speedhouse Ford
18 55 Fabrizio Armetta The Club Motorsport Chevrolet
19 18 Giorgio Maggi Race Art Technology Ford
20 7 Martin Doubek Hendriks Motorsport Ford
21 8 Dario Caso Vict Motorsport Chevrolet
22 5 Vladimiros Tziortzis Academy Motorsport EuroNASCAR FJ
Italics – Junior Trophy
Bold – Challenger Trophy

EuroNASCAR PRO Race #2 results

Finish Number Driver Team Manufacturer
1 99 Tobias Dauenhauer Bremotion Chevrolet
2 3 Paul Jouffreau RDV Competition Ford
3 24 Anthony Kumpen PK Carsport Chevrolet
4 72 Vittorio Ghirelli Team Bleekemolen Chevrolet
5 54 Gianmarco Ercoli CAAL Racing Chevrolet
6 50 Liam Hezemans Hendriks Motorsport Toyota
7 56 Marc Goossens CAAL Racing Chevrolet
8 18 Giorgio Maggi Race Art Technology Ford
9 69 Sebastiaan Bleekemolen Team Bleekemolen Ford
10 30 Ryan Vargas 3F Racing Chevrolet
11 14 Ulysse Delsaux Speedhouse Ford
12 7 Martin Doubek Hendriks Motorsport Ford
13 46 Thomas Krasonis Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet
14 66 Thomas Dombrowski Team Bleekemolen Chevrolet
15 34 Thomas Toffel Race Art Technology Chevrolet
16 48 Tuomas Pontinen Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet
17 5 Vladimiros Tziortzis Academy Motorsport EuroNASCAR FJ
18 65 Riccardo Romagnoli The Club Motorsport Chevrolet
19 88 Max Lanza CAAL Racing Chevrolet
20 55 Fabrizio Armetta The Club Motorsport Chevrolet
21 8 Dario Caso Vict Motorsport Chevrolet
22 64 Lucas Lasserre Speedhouse Ford
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