Pandemic-related issues forced Julia Landauer to put on hold her EuroNASCAR plans after an impressive debut season, but the American driver is now ready to get back behind the wheel: Landauer will join Shea Holbrook's BSI Racing for a part-time program in Spec Miata racing.
29-year old stock car racing driver Julia Landauer – a NASCAR Next program graduate and the first female driver to ever finish on the overall podium in a EuroNASCAR event – announced earlier this year that she would have to put her European programs on hold due to the ongoing global crisis.
"Due to my team's recent decision to not compete for a championship in the 2021 EuroNASCAR season, as well as the ongoing difficulty of international travel, I have decided to focus my efforts on putting together a robust racing schedule for 2022." – she stated last month.
"It is important for me to set myself up to have the greatest chances of winning, and this path feels like the best option for future success."
At her first season in the fast-growing European division of the NASCAR championship, Landauer had an impressive run in the EN2 class, claiming 7 top-10 finishes, three top-5 and an overall podium at the Valencia season finale. She was fifth in the final standings.
"I will still race part-time in 2021 and will update you on those plans as soon as I can." – she had revealed.
Her plans have now officially been announced: Landauer will join BSI Racing for a part time program in a Spec Miata in SCCA races.
"This is an opportunity for me to keep my skills sharp, learn how to drive a new type of racecar, and get some good, affordable competition in" – she added.
Her first outing will be on June 25-27 at Roebling Road Raceway, Georgia, with more races being announced soon.
BSI Racing will be Landauer's first experience in a female-led team: the operation is in fact owned by former W Series driver Shea Holbrook.
A seven-time winner in Pirelli World Challenge and an experienced racer in IMSA's Lamborghini Super Trofeo, as well as one of the 20 selected drivers for the first ever edition of the all-female F3 championship W Series in 2019, Shea Holbrook has recently extended her experience to team manager and team owner.