Australian V8 Supercars Signs 5 Year Contract with Austin’s Circuit Of The Americas

Australian V8 Supercars Signs 5 Year Contract with Austin’s Circuit Of The Americas

The long-awaited rumors are true: Australia’s breathlessly-exciting V8 Supercars series is coming to America. But that’s not, the series has signed a five-year deal with Texas’s Circuit of The Americas, signaling a serious investment in the U.S. market.

Beginning in 2013, Americans in Austin, Texas and watching on the Speed Channel can get a glimpse of the rear-drive, V8 Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores that enthusiasts have pined for, for years.

“We’re thrilled the racing world is so excited about our facility,” said Steve Sexton, the track’s president. “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.”

The FIA recently sanctioned V8 Supercars as an international series, and its popularity—while always strong and booze-filled in Australia—is growing around the world. Circuit of The Americas will be a place to watch out for in the next few years as well; the triumphant return of F1 to these shores will take place there in 2012, and the MotoGP World Championship will be in 2013.

Now if you excuse me, I’ve got some plane tickets to book.

  • Darren Turner

    Hopefully this will lead to further V8 Supercar races in North America. Perhaps a short racing tour? Something like Monterrey Mexico, Austin TX & Montreal Canada?

    I’d love to see the V8 Supercars racing here in Canada…

    Darren Turner

  • Colum Wood

    Right on Darren! That would be amazing. What would be even cooler would be a North American series like this, pitting rear-drive family sedans against each other. Of course…. we’d then need RWD family sedans.