The V8 supercars Championship has confirmed it will be holding a round across the pond in the motorsport state of Texas, joining NASCAR, Indycar and from this year, Formula 1 on the Circuit of the Americas. The round will be held on May 17-19 in 2013, broadening the scope of the Series to the United States.
This will be the Championship’s sixth international round, with races being held in twice in New Zealand and in China, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi previously.
It will be a great opportunity for our Pacific cousins to see a sample of Australian motorsport, and this was a sentiment reflected by David Malone, V8 Supercars CEO.
"It’s fantastic to be part of Circuit of The America’s events roster for the coming year and to bring V8 Supercars’ unique brand of action-packed racing to our growing U.S. fan base," Malone told V8supercars.com.au.
"The Austin circuit is coming together beautifully and will offer our teams and drivers fabulous facilities from which to compete – and one of the most challenging road courses ever designed.
It will definitely be an exciting time for the Austin circuit which is welcoming Formula 1 for their penultimate round in November this year. The weekend of the V8’s in 2013 will also be busy, with the NASCAR All-Star Race on the same weekend and the Indianapolis 500 the weekend after.
Winterbottom likened the purpose built F1 track to the Great Mountain’s track: Bathurst.
"It is probably as close to the Bathurst as any track I’ve seen, purely because of the angulation," he said.
"You’ve got blind corners, you’ve got the length, you’ve got the speed, and I think this is going to build up to be a historic track for America as well.
"The circuit’s topography, including the dramatic changes in elevation, will make for some really fun racing and a great show for fans."
It should be a cracking round at any rate, and it will be good for the American fans to get a taste of Aussie action!
Bring it on…