While Formula 1 is still the undisputed champion of motorsports worldwide, they’ll have a new competitor in the rear-view mirror, as Nascar has inked a deal to replace F1 on the historic Monaco Street Circuit starting next season.
“We’re not going to abandon our roots in the United States, but we feel that Monaco is the perfect place to put down international stakes”, said a Nascar spokesvision. “We will proudly race at Monaco for our annual “Clash” non-points event starting next season, combining the excitement of Nascar with the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo.”
Nascar has moved its pre-season Clash event to several unique locations since 2022, including the LA Coliseum, the Streets of New Jersey, and the ill-fated “Hover Track” above Dallas. But this will be the first time the race has been held overseas.
“We’ve seen plenty of great on-track action with our four street courses in America—why not export that action overseas?” the spokesvision said. “Once F1 decided to abandon Monaco again, we worked quickly to take their place. After all, our experts say there’s at least a decade left before sea levels rise to the racing surface.”
The race will see the debut of the all-new “19th-Gen Car”, whose smaller size is expected to take well to the tight Monaco circuit.
“We wouldn’t have done this if we didn’t think we could fit a stock car onto our streets”, a Monaco Automotive Club spokesman said in a prepared statement. “We feel there could be the chance of as many as five passes in a 75-lap race—more than double what we normally see here for F1!”
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