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American SpeedFest launches in style at Brands Hatch

Tuesday, April 09 2013

There's just two months to go until the hotly anticipated debut of the American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch on Sunday 9 June. Media and spectators recently caught a glimpse of what they can look forward to this summer at Brands Hatch, as the NASCAR-headlined event launched in style at the Kent circuit. The Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series showcased its cars on the circuit and were joined by Pick up Trucks and classic American V8s, who will be on the American SpeedFest support bill.

Brands Hatch will be transformed into a scene from Daytona at the American SpeedFest, with USA-derived motorsport providing entertainment on track and an array of themed activities located around the 1.2 mile circuit to appeal to fans of all ages.

As well as the busy programme of racing on the world-famous circuit, already confirmed are:

  • Demos by cars that have competed in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series
  • A pair of monster truck displays, with one offering passenger rides to the public!
  • 100s of American cars and other iconic American vehicles on display
  • American barbecue and hotdog eating competition
  • Live music
  • Cheerleader performances
  • Funfair and other family entertainment

Euro Racecar NASCAR General Manager Jerome Galpin, who was present at the media day, said: "We really like to race at Brands Hatch. It is a unique place to come as the fans can watch all of the action, which is very similar to oval racing in NASCAR. We are all very excited about this great event and with all the action both on the track and around the venue it will be a piece of America in Britain.

"We have been really welcomed into the family of NASCAR and we are very grateful for that and it is so nice to have the people of NASCAR and MSV working with us."

By staging an officially sanctioned NASCAR event, Brands Hatch is now one of the few venues in the world that can boast holding Formula 1, Indycar and now NASCAR races. Circuit owner and MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer commented: "I think it is absolutely terrific that the American SpeedFest has received recognition from NASCAR in the States. There are various massive institutions in world motorsport like the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis, F1 and then there is NASCAR. For an organisation like NASCAR to take an interest in what we are doing is great for MSV and Brands Hatch. 

"Our team at MSV are really enjoying working and building on the American SpeedFest. The event is proving to be very popular with the public and I think it's going to be a big event and something really fun for everyone to enjoy." 

Tickets for the American SpeedFest on Sunday 9 June are available in advance for just £18, with free entry for children aged under 13. 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 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/Americanspeedfest.