FILIPINO racecar driver Enzo Pastor is eyeing a podium finish at the K&N Pro Series East.
Pastor was invited to the US regional stock car racing series after finishing fourth at the Nogaro, France, leg of Euro NASCAR. He will drive at Road Atlanta at Brasselton, Georgia, on October 18.
“I’m gunning [to finish in the]top three,” Pastor said during a recent news conference regarding the race.
Pastor was invited to the race series by Creation Cope Racing (CCR) Team Manager Andy Woolgar under CCR’s “Aracecardriver” driver-development program. On its website, CCR describes the program as a “fully focused fast-track driver development platform that is designed to work one-on-one with race car drivers of all ability levels, with the aim of making them into well-rounded and stable fixtures in the sport of NASCAR.”
CCR’s statement adds that “compared with other leading classes such as Formula 1 or Indy, the CCR approach offers sensibly funded drivers a clearly defined path” to various race series.
This means drivers invited to the program—and by extension, the race series—pay for entry fees and other costs, which are usually shouldered by sponsors.
“We are seriously looking to work with experienced road-course and top-performing Asian drivers,” Woolgar said, pertaining to Pastor’s participation.
According to Pastor, he believes that he got invited to the Road Atlanta race after finishing shy of a podium finish at the Nogaro leg. “I got invited after I passed 17 cars. I started in 21st place and it was raining when I ran,” he said.