Australia’s leading IndyCar stars Will Power and Ryan Briscoe will return to compete in this year’s ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 event.
While the pair are Penske Racing team-mates by day, they will compete on opposite sides at October’s two-race event, which will see an international driver paired with the V8 series regulars in a blue-ribbon event on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
Power will partner Ford Performance Racing’s lead driver Mark Winterbottom, while Briscoe will drive for the factory Holden Racing Team, although it’s not confirmed if he will pair up with Garth Tander or James Courtney.
“I won a few poles in the IndyCars on the streets of Surfers Paradise, but could not get a race win so I certainly have some unfinished business,” Power, who was born and raised in the nearby city of Toowoomba, said.
“The Gold Coast is always a fantastic event. I love to come home to Queensland and have the opportunity to race at an event that has so much energy. The whole city shows up for this event and they are joined by fans from all over the world.”
“The Gold Coast really is one of the best places race. The people, the beach, the sun and a great street track make for a great event with an amazing atmosphere – not to mention the Sunday night party!” added Briscoe.
“Team Penske has been supportive of my Aussie team-mate Will Power and myself being available to do this event again and we have to thank everyone involved for that.”
Meanwhile, the Paul Morris Motorsport-run VIP Petfoods Team has announced that US racer Boris Said – a renowned road and street course specialist on the NASCAR scene – will partner Steve Owen at the event.
Other international stars who are already confirmed include Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb (Stone Brothers Racing), Le Mans veteran David Brabham (Stone Brothers Racing), Alex Tagliani (Kelly Racing), Allan Simonsen (Kelly Racing), Fabrizio Giovanardi (Britek Motorsport), Joey Hand (Dick Johnson Racing), Dirk Müller (Dick Johnson Racing), Richard Lyons (Tekno Autosports), Simon Pagenaud (Garry Rogers Motorsport), Jan Magnussen (Paul Morris Motorsport) and Andy Priaulx (Triple 8).
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