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.”