V8s: Aussie V8 Supercars announce five year deal for new Texas track from 2013
From 2013, the Australian-born and bred motorsport will race at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, V8 Supercars Chairman Tony Cochrane and founding partner of Circuit of the Americas Tavo Hellmund announced the historic five-year deal today.
V8 Supercars will become the first Australian motorsport category to compete in a full Championship event in the United States.
V8 Supercars is also delighted to announce that, the SPEED™ network will televise the two 200km races live and throughout North and South America.
The event will also be telecast back to Australia and New Zealand and around the world via V8 Supercars international broadcast partners.
SPEED™ audiences have embraced V8 Supercars in the 18 months that the network has broadcast the Championship. SPEED™ is a member of the FOX Cable Network with more than 79 million subscribers in the US alone.
The Lone Star State race is certain to increase the already significant following V8 Supercars enjoy in North America.
It also advances V8 Supercars’ international expansion, with plans to stage up to six races each year outside of Australia and New Zealand.
“North Americans have embraced V8 Supercars through the SPEED™ network in a way that is beyond anything we could have imagined,” Mr Cochrane said.
“It’s an amazing feat for an Australian-born sport, or business, to have such popularity in the world’s largest motorsport market. This is a huge deal for V8 Supercars and one that all Australians should be proud of.
“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.
“Americans and Canadians will, and do, love V8 Supercars. “
Governor Perry said: “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 One, 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.”
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, who met with the Governor as part of her 10 day trade mission to the United States, said the deal was a significant achievement for V8 Supercars, which is headquartered on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
“Queenslanders love their V8s. Today’s announcement is a significant development for the sport, raising the international status of V8 Supercars.
“V8 Supercars are a home grown Queensland success story and are now set to shine in the U.S., the world’s number one car racing centre.
“It is another example of our commitment to developing new industries and putting them squarely on the world stage.
“The deal will have ongoing economic benefits for Queensland as it is a great opportunity to promote our state and encourage new tourists to visit.”
“The addition of V8 Supercars into our lineup at Circuit of The Americas will add to what we already know will be a rich and exhilarating fan experience,” said Steve Sexton, President of Circuit of The Americas.
“We’re thrilled the racing world is so excited about our facility. Austin is poised to become the premiere North American destination for international motorsports. In addition to hosting the 4 wheel and 2 wheel world championships, the United States will now enjoy the world’s best touring car series here in Austin.”
A date for the race is yet to be set.
The Circuit of the Americas is under construction to host the 2012 Formula One United States Grand Prix and the 2013 MotoGP Grand Prix World Championships. The 5.5km state of the art circuit is the first purpose-built Grand Prix Circuit in the United States.
It has an elevation change of 133 feet and is designed for any and all classes of racing.
Austin is a sister city of Adelaide, home to one of V8 Supercars’ biggest annual events: the Clipsal 500.