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V8 Supercars announce historic deal to race in the US

Tony Cochrane: 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.

From 2013, the Australian V8 Supercar series will race at the new Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, it has been announced.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, V8 Supercars Chairman Tony Cochrane and founding partner of Circuit of the Americas Tavo Hellmund confirmed the historic five-year deal on Thursday.

“The addition of V8 Supercars into our line-up 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.”

V8 Supercars joins the already existing 10-year agreements Circuit of The Americas has to host the F1 United States Grand Prix beginning in 2012 and MotoGP World Championship beginning in 2013.

This first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States is currently under construction in Austin, Texas.

Additionally, SPEED will televise the two 200-km (124-mile) V8 Supercar races live and in full 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. A date for the event has still to be set.

“I can't describe how excited we are to bring the V8 Supercars race to such a spectacular facility. With F1 racing, MotoGP and now V8 Supercars, it's obvious Circuit of The Americas will be a top-notch destination that houses the best racing on earth, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Cochrane.

“We have expanded V8 Supercars' geographical influence over the past few years with plans to stage up to six races each year to complement our existing events in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East,” he added.

“Our entrance into the United States marks a new day for the series and we're excited for Americans to experience what has made V8 Supercars so popular in many places around the world.”

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Tony Cochrane, Chairman of V8 Supercars, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Tavo Hellmund, Founding Partner of Circuit of The Americas

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OZFan - Unregistered

July 01, 2011 1:15 PM

V8 Supercars in Austin. Wow. That is going to be awsome. Hopefully, NASCAR folks will notice that there can be exiciting and competitive racing with "stock" cars that does not use 1950's technology.

Zeus - Unregistered

July 01, 2011 6:46 PM

This is the best news of the year! I've been watching V8 Supercars for 6 years and it IS the best 4-wheel racing series on the plant!! I am so jealous of all the Aussies who are able to watch the races "live" or see the action on tv real time. Do they show the complete race from start to finish ? In the US we get a truncated, 2 hour review of both races two weeks after the fact. (Tomorrow will be shown Hidden Valley). By the way there are so many great tracks in AUS. Symmons Plain is just fantastic with that run down to the banked, hairpin, left corner. I love that corner :-)

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