Tonio Liuzzi has become the latest big name to sign up to compete in the Armor All Gold Coast 600 later this season, becoming the first current F1 driver to agree a deal to contest the V8 Supercar Championship event.
The Hispania Racing will head to Australian following the Korean Grand Prix
for the event on the weekend of 21-23 October having signed up to partner series regular Tony D'Alberto in the Wilson Securities Ford Falcon run by his own TDR team.
Liuzzi will get the chance to test the car ahead of the race weekend during a special test organised for the guest drivers at Queensland Raceway ahead of the Surfers Paradise event.
"I had a good look at the TDR car when I was at the Australian Grand Prix
earlier in the year and I was really impressed," Liuzzi.
"There isn't much difference in size between myself and Tony and our seat position should be comfortable together. We will be a good team.
"I don't think it will take me long to adapt to the car. The one-day testing before will be good. I have experience with powerful saloon cars and I really enjoy driving them. I see the V8 Supercars being very similar.
"After finding out that I was coming to Australia to race, I have followed the V8 Supercars a little closer. It looks like very exciting, close racing.
The test that we'll do beforehand will be very important. I would like to do more time in the car, but I guess it's the same for everyone."
D'Alberto welcomed the news that a current F1 driver will share his car for the event.
"It will be such an honour to race alongside Tonio at the Gold Coast," he said.
"Last year, I was teamed up with Tiago Monterio, who has finished on the podium in a Formula One race. Now I get to drive with someone who is a current F1 driver. It's pretty cool to be in my position.
"Tonio drives for Hispania and they aren't a front-running team, but he has been in the sport for a long time and has proven himself. He has experience in big touring cars as well, so I think he is going to surprise a lot of people.
"Everyone thinks that the sportscar drivers are going to be the fastest, but I reckon Tonio will be a surprise package."
The full list of international guest drivers currently signed up for the event is as follows:Ryan Briscoe IndyCar
Toll HRTTonio Liuzzi F1
Wilson Security RacingMarc Lieb Le Mans
IRWIN RacingWill Power IndyCar
FPRMika Salo F1
FPRJorg Bergmeister Le Mans
Jack Daniel's RacingStephane Sarrazin Le Mans
Team BOCScott Dixon IndyCar
SP ToolsOliver Gavin Le Mans
Pepsi Max CrewGianni Morbidelli F1
Triple F RacingRichard Westbrook Le Mans
Jack Daniel's RacingDirk Muller Le Mans
Jim Beam RacingJoey Hand ALMS
Jim Beam RacingFabrizio Giovanadi Touring Cars
Fair Dinkum Sheds RacingMarino Franchitti Le Mans
Gulf Western Oils RacingSimon Pagenaud Le Mans
Fujitsu Racing GRMAugusto Farfus Le Mans
Fujitsu Racing GRMJan Magnussen Le Mans
Supercheap Auto RacingHelio Castroneves IndyCar
Lucky7 RacingBoris Said NASCAR
VIP Petfoods RacingChristian Klien F1
The Bottle-O Racing TeamPatrick Long Le Mans
Bundaberg RacingAndy Priaulx Le Mans
Team VodafoneSebastien Bourdais Le Mans
Team Vodafone TBC
Jana Living RacingTBC
Monster Energy Drink Racing