This weekend's event at Circuit of the Americas promises to deliver spectacular racing action, with the newly engineered circuit being compared to Australia’s ultimate race track at Mount Panorama.
Purpose-built to host America's rounds of the Formula One and MotoGP, a truncated 3.75km version of the full 5.5km Grand Prix track will be used for the V8s' four weekend races.
With several points of elevation, a lightning-fast straight and a mix of high-speed and low-speed areas, Austin is being described as "a driver's track" the competitors will love.
Austin will give Red Bull Racing Australia the perfect opportunity to tighten their stranglehold on the V8 Supercars Championship. A decision to race more as a team and less against each other has proved to be a key factor in Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes re-emerging as the pace-setters of the V8 Supercars field.
The two Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore drivers won all three races that comprised the Chill Perth 360 at Barbagallo Raceway, reasserting themselves after three Championship events had seen seven drivers from five teams take race victories.
RBRA heads to this weekend’s inaugural Austin 400 with Whincup back on top of the championship on 958 points, while Lowndes is third on 843 points.
“For me, it’s actually my first time in the USA and my first time to Texas so my impression of the place is that it’s amazing,” says Lowndes. “I’ve had a chance to walk around and have a look and it's awesome. I couldn’t be more excited about this weekend, to come half way around the world to race our V8s - it’s awesome!”
The US will become the sixth international venue to host V8 Supercar racing, joining New Zealand's two venues Pukekohe and Hamilton, China, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.