Igor Romanov is a NASCAR driver who lives in Ukraine and has competed in the previous two seasons of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
The Whelen Euro Series is authorize by NASCAR and has features of American-style stock cars racing on road courses across the continent. The 45-y-o is also a Cup Series TV commentator for the races in his homeland.
“I’m working really hard to promote my favorite sport here in Ukraine, and I’m proud that we have a lot of new fans here,” Romanov told Fox News Autos.
“The situation at some places near Kyiv is really bad. People are sitting underground without food, water and electricity.”
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It was reported that Ukraine only racing track, the Autodrome Chaika near Kyiv, was destroyed during an attack on the village it is located in by Russian forces.
NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Automotive announced new donations that will be made in light of Richard Childress pledged to send one million rounds of ammunition to the armed forces in Ukraine.
“I’m really grateful to the legendary Richard Childress for his help. Also for Hendrick Motorsports, for Ryan Blaney displaying the Ukrainian flag on his bumper, and for Stefan Parsons and the BJ McLeod Motorsports team for the Ukraine Strong livery,” Romanov said.
“All these things are extremely important for all of us.”
“Hopefully one day I’ll visit the USA to see one of the NASCAR Cup Series races directly at one of the tracks. It would be nice, but first we need peace in Ukraine!!”
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Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision to invade their neighbors last week. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry 498 of its troops had been killed in conflict with Ukraine.