Legendary Spa F1 Circuit Teases the Prospect of Hosting NASCAR Cup Series Race in 2022

Published 11/29/2021, 4:23 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

No circuit in the global motorsports landscape is arguably more legendary than Spa-Francorchamps. The long, high-speed track in Belgium is a regular fixture in Formula 1, LeMans, and other forms of racing. But will we ever see stock cars from NASCAR racing in Spa?

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Maybe.

In a recent Twitter exchange between the official accounts of both parties, fans were left with that question in mind. And why wouldn’t they be? The two accounts discussed, made plans, albeit informally, for a possible race in Belgium sometime in the future.

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For some context, it was a tweet from NASCAR that posted a throwback picture of the last time the racing league went outside the US. It asked whether we want to see stock car racing to go international again.

To this, driver Josh Bilicki replied as a representative for millions of fans –Yes. @circuitspa please.’

This led to Circuit Spa replying, “We have large pitboxes, and are kinda curious about nextgen going through Eau Rouge!”

Although it may not be an official confirmation of NASCAR going to Spa, fans at least know that the curiosity and eagerness are mutual at least. But it’s not like NASCAR is any longer a stranger to circuits on which F1 is a regular fixture.

NASCAR forayed back onto F1 tracks in 2020

Last year, NASCAR announced the Circuit of The Americas on its schedule. The stock car racing league considered using the shorter layout first, but then ran the longer one, the same as Formula 1.

This was the first time since 1965 that a circuit shared a Formula 1 and a Cup Series race.

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“Every NASCAR driver will be challenged by the same 20-turn, counter clockwise circuit designed for Formula 1 racers,” Marcus Smith, CEO of the track, had said.

Fans and drivers have shown excitement and positive thoughts in the league’s direction going overseas. But commercially too, it makes sense for the association to consider more prominent global circuits.

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Yet let’s be real. No matter the commercial gains, everyone will be psyched to see a stock car go flat out on the Eau Rouge. Or Raidillon. Whichever side you’re on.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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