WHEN race car driver Enzo Pastor revved up the engine of the late-model 350 Chevrolet stock car on display at the Asian V8 Championship event at the atrium of Resorts World Manila, it heralded great things for Philippine motorsports.
The Philippine Formula Autosports Foundation, Inc. (PFAFI) has signed a memorandum of agreement with NASCAR representatives to become its exclusive regional partner in mounting the first-ever Asian V8 Championship Series, a set of races to determine top Filipino and Asian drivers who will participate in NASCAR-sanctioned United States and European events.
The agreement was signed by PFAFI founder and president Tom Pastor, Ed Cox of Orion Motorsport representing US NASCAR East Coast and Alain Veyssiere of Scorpio Motorsport representing US NASCAR West Coast and Euro NASCAR, at the Resorts World Manila Atrium.
“We are excited to finally partner with one of the world’s largest motorsports franchises and earn the distinction of hosting the NASCAR-qualifying event in the entire Asian region,” Pastor said. “With this partnership, we are all revved-up to bring the Philippines back on the global map of motorsports.”
The Asian V8 is a set of races that would determine the top Filipino and Asian drivers who will participate in NASCAR-sanctioned events in the United States and Europe.
Featured in the series to be held at the Clark International Speedway and Batangas Racing Circuit are eight late-model NASCAR racecars with brand-new engines and 16 international drivers from the Philippines, USA, Australia, Japan and Macau.
Present were drivers Enzo Pastor, the first Filipino to receive the NASCAR All-Star Award last year, Christian Jones and Callum Whatmoore from Australia and Joe Merzei from Macau.
Winners in the Asian V8 Open and Pro categories will be qualified to race in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in Europe and the K&N Pro NASCAR Series in the United States respectively.
Enzo Pastor, one of the country's best racers, placed fourth in the second race of the 2013 Euro Racecar NASCAR series and is proof Filipinos can compete in the international racing circuit.
On hand to witness the proceedings were tourism officials and members of the diplomatic community.
“The Asian V8 Championship Series will help our economy by creating direct mechanics and technical consultant employment and boost racing tourism by developing and promoting the country as a regional hub for testing, training and competing in late-model NASCAR cars,” Pastor said.