Three-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller will compete at the fourth round of the Euro-RACECAR NASCAR Series at the Tours Speedway, located in the Loire Valley region of France, behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro based stock car.
Muller, who also leads this year’s WTCC going into the summer break, will compete as a one off in the European based stock car championship, which has already raced at Nogaro, Brands Hatch and Spa-Francorchamps this season.
Tours is the only oval event on the calendar, at a temporary oval short-track, just 600m long.
“After 33 years of racing I’m still learning new things so I’m very happy to be part of this experience,” said Muller. “I join the series as a rookie and will have everything to learn about oval racing. I don’t know a great deal about it so I’m free to embark on the adventure without pressure.”
Muller will be unable to score points as a guest competitor. In the field are two ex-WTCC drivers, with British driver Harry Vaulkhard and Spaniard Javier Villa Garcia also competing in the championship this season. Villa currently sits third in the Elite Class standings, with Vaulkhard 13th.
Muller will drive the #100 Chevrolet Camaro of Eric Hélary’s Still Racing team, sharing with Open Class driver Stéphane Sabates. The car weighs in at 1,170kg, just 30kg lighter than the Super 2000 specification Chevrolet Cruze he races in the WTCC usually runs at, but instead of the inline-four 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, it runs with 5.7 litre V8 delivering 450bhp.
The event takes place on 7th-8th July, two weeks before the next round of the WTCC at Curitiba in Brazil.