Speed freaks, brace yourselves!
On February 27, the Philippine Formula Autosports Foundation Inc. (PFAFI) formally launched the first-ever Asian V8 Championship Series—a set of races to determine the top Filipino and Asian drivers who wil participate in the NASCAR-sanctioned United States and European events.
The Asia V8 Championship Series will feature eight late-model NASCAR racecars with brand-new engines, and 16 international stock car drivers.
Among the participating drivers are Australia's Christian Jones and Callum Whatmoore, Macau's Joe Merzei, and the Philippines' very own Enzo Pastor.
Celebrity racing enthusiasts such as Dingdong Dantes, Ryan Agoncillo, and Richard Gomez are also expected to appear in these events.
The races are slated on April 5 and 6, at the 2.8-kilometer Clark International Speedway in Mabalacat, Pampanga; May 3 and 4, at the 3.4-kilometer Batangas Racing Circuit in Rosario, Batangas; and July 5 and 6 at the Clark International Speedway.
"This is the first time that the Philippines will be home to a NASCAR racing event of this scale," Tom Pastor boasted during his brief speech at the launch party held at the Resorts World Manila Atrium.
The event hopes to support and boost tourism in the country.
On February 13, a memorandum of agreement was signed by PFAFI and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone (TIEZA) under the Department of Tourism to promote sports tourism.
"Under the agreement, the Asian V8 Championship Series will help our economy by creating direct mechanics and technical consultant employment and boost racing toursim by developing and promoting the country as a regional hub for testing, training, and competing in late-model NASCAR cars.
"The weekend races at the Clasrk International Speedway and Batangas Racing Circuit will definitely bring in international driving and racing afficionados to the country, hoping that they discover adn appreciate our more than 7,100 islands through cross-country motoring, and realize that when it comes to racing, it's more fun in the Philippines," Pastor said.