Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon is the latest IndyCar driver to sign up to October’s running of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600, one of the highest profile events on the V8 Supercars calendar.
The round at Surfers Paradise pairs 28 international drivers with the series’ regular drivers, and the Briton will join the likes of Will Power, Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Alex Tagliani and Simon Pagenaud as North America’s open-wheeler representatives.
Wheldon famously won this year’s Indy 500 when, in his only scheduled IndyCar drive of the year driving for Bryan Herta Racing, Wheldon snatched victory on the last lap from rookie JR Hildlebrand when the then-race leader crashed in the final turn.
The 33-year-old has an impressive motor racing pedigree, including winning the 2003 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year title, the 2005 IRL Championship, 16 IRL/Indycar race wins and victory in the 2006 Daytona 24 Hour. He finished tied on points with Sam Hornish Jr in the 2006 IndyCar championship, losing the crown on countback.
Wheldon has been confirmed as the co-driver for reigning V8 Supercars champion James Courtney at the Holden Racing Team factory outfit, who is enduring a wretched season trying to defend his title.
“I’m delighted to be driving for the Toll Holden Racing Team, it’s the most successful and famous team in V8 Supercars. It’s a team that has an ethos in winning, something I’m really passionate about.”
The ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 takes place on the streets of Surfer’s Paradise on October 21-23. The event is the third of three endurance races on the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship calendar and comprises two 300km, two driver races.