The contract is signed and the ink is already dry: Last Sunday Justin Kunz signed his contract with dexwet-df1 racing. The racing driver from Appenweier (Germany) will share the car with DTM legend Ellen Lohr and is set to fight for the title in the Elite2 championship. The 21-year-old already gained a lot of experience in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) and has already celebrated his first successes in the European series. “I’m delighted to have signed with dexwet-df1 racing,” said Kunz, who will be driving the #99 Chevrolet Camaro for the factory team of filter specialist Dexwet.
“I already know two of the mechanics very well and that’s why it already feels like home. I already had my seat test and was allowed to turn on the new engine. I didn’t want to get out of ‘my’ NASCAR car anymore.” In 2019 Kunz wants to attack in the Elite2 Division and grab the title. He says: “I believe I can celebrate victories with dexwet-df1 racing. The Chevrolet is in perfect condition and will certainly serve me well. My goal is to win the Elite2 championship. This is what the team and I want to do and we will do everything we can to achieve this goal. The season kicks off for me next week, because the first days of testing are on the agenda.” Kunz is particularly pleased that he will share the car with Lohr. He explained: “I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from Ellen. She has a lot of experience and was very successful. But I’m also looking forward to work with the other drivers. Together we can achieve a lot”.
Dexwet Motorsport Director Norbert Walchhofer said: “The entire management is delighted that Justin has decided to join us. We recognized his talent and potential. We have planned something great with him, which is why we concluded a long-term contract with him. He has now spent several years in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the apprenticeship years are definitely over. Our common goal is to win the championship in the Elite2 Division in the 2019 season. The whole team will help Justin to show his full potential.” Team boss and Dexwet CEO Clemens Sparowitz also agreed on that.
In 2016 Kunz entered the NWES at CAAL Racing. He took part in eleven of the twelve races and secured tenth place overall. In 2017 Kunz moved to PK Carsport, where he competed in all races. After twelve runs, the German was finally ranked sixth. In 2018, the 20-year-old raced for Racing-Total in both divisions, the Elite1 and Elite2 championships, gaining important experience for the 2019 NWES season. In 2018 Kunz also raced in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in Canada.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series kicks off on 13-14 April at Valencia, Spain. The European NASCAR series will then race in Italy, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The semi-final will take place on 21-22 September at Hockenheim (Germany). The championship finals will take place on 5-6 October at Zolder (Belgium), where the final races traditionally are held.