After taking last year’s European NASCAR title to the wire, Tasmanian Josh Burdon will attempt to take on the home of NASCAR with his French Scorpus Racing Team relocating to Las Vegas in 2014.
The 21 year old from Hobart led the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series after the first five of six rounds with a sensational win record, and after finishing second overall, Burdon’s long-term plans to contest the American NASCAR markets after a couple of years in Europe have been brought forward.
“Competing in the 2013 Whelen Euro Series was very special for me after winning seven of the 12 races and with three of seven pole positions,” said Burdon, “it unfortunately ended badly, politically to be honest, at the last round where I lost my championship lead and finished second”.
“The original plan was to learn the full ropes of racing and surviving in the cut throat European scene in 2013 before gunning the title in 2014 then heading to America to try to further our career, however, with some cool opportunities offered to me after last season it’s been decided to fast-track our plans a little.”
The move to America was significantly motivated by a successful and promising test in November 2013 with Exotics Racing at Las Vegas Speedway, which will now see Burdon compete in the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All American Series – NASCAR’s national championship for short track racing.
“Things have really rolled on from our test in November and one thing has lead to another, so I'm humbled by the decision of my Team Owner and Manager, Alain, to sell up the team based in France and make the move with his family to America to be with me and to push forwards to keep the snowball rolling.”Burdon leaves Australia in Early February, ahead of the season that commences at the end of March.
“It is shaping up to be another exciting year for me I am pinching myself - there are a lot of cool things on the horizon, but until then, it's time to just send it”.