Stoddart to Back V8 Supercar Team

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has decided to back a team for the remainder of this year's Australian V8 Supercar Championship - fuelling speculation that the Australian could switch his main focus to the touring car category next season

Stoddart to Back V8 Supercar Team

Stoddart, who stands down as Minardi boss later this year after selling the outfit to Red Bull, has agreed a sponsorship deal with the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) team for his OzJet business - whose logos have already featured prominently on his Minardis this year.

Speaking about the deal, Stoddart said: "Despite having spent most of my time outside Australia in the past 20 years I have always been a keen observer of the Australian racing scene and have noted the enormous growth of V8 Supercars in recent years.

"Like lots of people in the F1 Paddock, I've been an avid watcher of the V8 Supercars at Albert Park during the Australian Grand Prix. I did a bit of production saloon racing in Oz in the late 1970s but my most vivid recollections of that era are of seeing Allan Moffat and Peter Brock racing each other at Bathurst.

"I'm thrilled that this new association between OzJet and Ford Performance Racing will kick off at that famous venue and then extend to the final three rounds of the V8 Supercar series."

Stoddart is expected to attend the Surfers' Paradise V8 race later this year and could become an ambassador for FPR.

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