- Will be Nascar's fourth international series
- GT Sprint Race has run in the country since 2012
Nascar has announced it is expanding into Brazil via a partnership with the existing GT Sprint Race series, under the title Nascar Brazil Sprint Race.
Rather than setting up its own series, Nascar has decided to utilise the existing GT Sprint Race operation, with the competition slated to begin in 2023.
The new series joins the Nascar Mexico Series, Nascar Pinty's Series in Canada, and the Nascar Whelen Euro Series as the fourth international series under the US-based stock car organisation's banner.
“Brazil is a vibrant country, rich in motorsports culture and community, and the perfect location for our first series in South America,” said Chad Seigler, Nascar vice president of international.
“Nascar Brasil Sprint Race will allow us to showcase the exciting side-by-side racing that defines Nascar while giving Brazilian race fans a series to which they feel connected.
“It is our hope and intention that this series also opens more pathways for the country’s best drivers, mechanics and engineers to advance to Nascar’s national series in the United States, the worldwide pinnacle of stock car racing.”
Carlos Col, general partner of the new series, added: “Nascar is an iconic American sport, and we are honored to join forces to create Nascar Brazil Sprint Race.
“GT Sprint Race has delivered exciting racing to fans since 2012 and this partnership will help take it to the next level with the introduction of more Nascar-style racing, including future races on oval tracks. This is an historic day for motorsports in Brazil, and one that will benefit race fans across the country.”
GT Sprint Race was founded in 2012 by Thiago Marques, former Brazilian stock car racing driver and younger brother of Tarso Marques, who completed 24 Grands Prix for Minardi in Formula One.