Czech Republic Driver Making U.S. Debut in New Smyrna

The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing traditionally brings drivers from across the country to compete at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).  This year, there is also some international flair in the field.


On Tuesday night, Martin Doubek will make his first appearance in a race in the United States. The 25-year-old from Litomysl, Czech Republic competes in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, with two podium finishes in its Elite 2 Division.


Now, he will compete in a Pro Late Model prepared by Jamie Skinner in Tuesday’s 35-lap feature.


“I drive in Europe, in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series,” Doubek said.  “We have just run over there in the Netherlands.  They have racing cars on circuit tracks.  I wanted to run an oval, run more ovals one day.”


Doubek admitted there has been a learning curve while adjusting to both a drastically different race car as well as New Smyrna’s high-banked half-mile.


“It’s definitely difficult. It’s very different than over in Europe. Every corner is different, no two corners are the same, but we also have slower cars, about 15 miles per hour I think. It’s a fun, nice feeling.  When I saw the track, banked corners, it’s not the same as in Europe.”


While Doubek is committed to competing in the Whelen Euro Series for the 2020 season, he hopes that this will not be a one-off appearance.


“For sure we will go back to Europe.  We have our first race in Valenica in April.  If I have time, I will come back for some more Pro Late Model races.  I want to come back.”


Fans unable to make the trip to New Smyrna Speedway on Tuesday night can follow Speed51’s Trackside Now coverage, presented by Stoptech, for updates on the Pro Late Model feature as well as the rest of the action.


Furthemore, they can find the latest news, videos and more from Florida Speedweeks at Speedweeks Central.


-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

Czech Republic Driver Making U.S. Debut in New Smyrna