V8 Supercars bosses have announced that the series has signed a five-year deal to race at the new Circuit of the Amercias facility (being built in Austin, Texas for the return of the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix) from 2013 onwards.
The purpose-built facility is due to host its maiden F1 race next year, while the MotoGP series will follow suit in 2013.
The deal makes the United states the fifth overseas country to play host to the V8 Supercars championship, joining the likes of New Zealand, China, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
Those on hand to make the announcement included V8 Supercars Chairman tony Cochrane, Texas governor Rick Perry and Circuit of the Americas founding partner Tavo Hellmund.
As part of the deal, the American SPEED channel will cover the event live throughout North and South America, to an audience of over to 80 million subscribers un the US alone.
“It’s an amazing feat for an Australian-born sport, or business, to have such popularity in the world’s largest motorsport market. This is a huge deal for V8 Supercars and one that all Australians should be proud of,” Cochrane beamed.
“Our sport is delighted to have entered this partnership with Austin and the incredible Circuit of the Americas. This is a truly amazing place and one we hope many Australians will travel to.”
The round will run as two 200-kilometre races on a regular Friday-to-Sunday race weekend for the V8 Supercars championship. The date for the inaugural event is yet to be announced.