Australian V8 Supercars to race in Austin, Texas from 2013
|By Sam Tremayne||Friday, July 1st 2011, 09:06 GMT|
The Australian V8 Supercars will race in Austin, Texas, from 2013 after agreeing a five-year deal to compete at the new Circuit of the Americas facility.
V8 Supercars already has a strong TV presence in North America through broadcasters SPEED TV, and as part of the deal the network will televise the two 200-km races live throughout North and South America.
Although a date for the race is yet to be set, the deal also represents the first time an Australian motorsport series has held a full championship race in the US - and has been hailed by V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
"This is a huge deal for V8 Supercars and one that all Australians should be proud of," Cochrane declared.
"North Americans have embraced V8 Supercars through the SPEED network in a way that is beyond anything we could have imagined.
"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."
Texas Governor Perry said the arrival of V8 Supercars - just a year after the Circuit of the Americas is due to host its first ever Formula 1 grand prix – will provide a further boost to the state's economy.
"While Texas has established itself as the nation's place for business, it's quickly becoming the nation's place for big sporting events as well.
"V8 Supercars now joins Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, the NFL, NBA, NCAA and USTA, among the many that have chosen Texas to host major events in the last few years.
"This is more good news for the Lone Star State, and will provide a significant boost to the economy of Central Texas."
The Circuit of the Americas is still under construction, but the 5.5-km purpose-built facility is due to host the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix and a round of the 2013 MotoGP world championship.