Friday, March 01 2013
Race fans will witness America's most famous motorsport first hand at Brands Hatch this summer with demonstration runs by actual cars from NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at the American SpeedFest on 9 June.
While the popular Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series will headline the race schedule at the American themed event, two cars familiar with the super speedways of Daytona and Talladega will also show off their thundering V8 power around the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.
A Chevrolet Impala which competed in the 2009 Sprint Cup season, and the #9 Nationwide Series Dodge Charger of 14-time Sprint Cup race winner Kasey Kahne will wow spectators by completing several tyre smoking, engine roaring, high octane laps on Sunday 9 June.
The Impala, owned by Mick Strafford, is an ex-Army liveried machine which reached speeds well in excess of 200mph when it raced on the super speedway ovals in America during its competitive career. With NASCAR using the new Generation Six cars, the V8 monster has found a home in England and now sports the iconic colours of multiple Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon.
While the ex-Kasey Kahne Dodge Charger is lighter and less powerful than the Sprint Cup model, Mick Tester's machine boasts an impressive history. The car was constructed for the 2005 season and it made its last race start in 2010, when it recorded a fifth place finish at Talladega. The car still has it's scrutineering stickers from NASCAR officials on the car from that event.
NASCAR demonstrations in Europe are rare occasions so make sure you visit the American SpeedFest to experience the thrill of America's premier motorsport series.
Tickets for the American SpeedFest on Sunday 9 June are available in advance for £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information visit www.speedfest.co.uk, call 0843 453 9000 or click here. You can follow all the latest news from the American SpeedFest through twitter at www.twitter.com/brandsspeedfest Facebook at www.facebook.com/Americanspeedfest.