In Australia, they have Australian NASCAR also known as V-8 Supercar. Back in the late 1980's and early 1990's, its virtual predecessor, Australian Touring Car, Nissan ran the R31, and R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, doing well enough for the local boys to throw their hands in the air(Championships 1990-1992), and turn the series in a V-8 based local series. Nissan is stepping back into the Aussie racing scene with their V-8 rear wheel drive(?) Nissan Altima. V-8 Supercars are purpose built race cars, based off at least some part of an OEM bodyshell. However, they have such an elaborate roll cage structure, that they are pretty near a tube frame car.
This year V-8 Supercars are coming to the US, and competing at the Circuit of the Americas(COTA) May 17-19, 2013.
Check out the video and more info on COTA after the break.
http://www.v8supercars.com.au/championship/events/texas-400V8 Supercars will make history when they roar into Austin Texas, May 17-19, for a full Championship event and a first in Australian motorsport.The event at Circuit of the Americas promises to deliver spectacular racing action, with the newly engineered 5.5km circuit being compared to Australia’s ultimate race track at Mount Panorama.The three day event will feature motorsport action alongside an array of entertainment, plus Austin’s famed hospitality, world-class night life and spectacular scenery will make this an event not to be missed.
More Information2013 DatesThe event will be held 17-19 May 2013. It will be a traditional race weekend over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Race FormatThe V8 Supercars race format for the Circuit of the Americas event is yet to be confirmed.TicketsTickets for the event are on sale now. The price ranges from US $83 to US $275. Tickets for the three-day event will be available through the Circuit of the Americas website. For more information, visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/ticketsTravelThe team at Sportsnet simply can’t wait to don the Stetson, tackle a 72oz steak and watch the V8 Supercar stars show the USA what REAL motor racing is all about!Join Sportsnet on this trailblazing V8 Supercar adventure to the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this coming May 17-19.Visit sportsnetholidays.com/v8texas or Freecall 1300 888 858 for more information.V8 Supercars in TexasV8 Supercars will become the first Australian motorsport to stage a full Championship event in the United States when it races at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, in 2013. The last time an Australian sport was exported to the United States was when an additional and controversial fourth State of Origin rugby league game was played at Long Beach in California in 1987.Creating HistoryIt is the first time any Australian motorsport category has competed in the United States. The agreement advances V8 Supercars’ international expansion.American AudienceV8 Supercars is a growing sport in America. Americans watch V8 Supercars on the SPEED™ network throughout South and North America. The American sporting press have taken to V8 Supercars as an action-packed, ultra-competitive form of motorsport.About the CircuitCircuit Length: 3.4 miles/20-Turns (5.5km)Race Direction: Counter Clock wiseTop Speed: TBDAverage Speed: TBDCircuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, entertainment, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and be the U.S. home to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile circuit track.Other support buildings will include an expansive outdoor live music space, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as a state-of-the-art medical facility. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information visit:www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com.A Driver’s PerspectiveV8 Supercar Driver Mark Winterbottom had a sample the Circuit of The Americas when he went to Austin earlier in June this year.“This is probably as close to Bathurst as any track I’ve seen, purely because of the angulation. You’ve got blind corners, you’ve got the length, you’ve got the speed, and I think this is going to build up to be a historic track for America as well,” Winterbottom said.“The circuit’s topography, including the dramatic changes in elevation, will make for some really fun racing and a great show for fans.”About Austin Texas.Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and is known for being one of the hubs of the United States’ technology industry. The Central Texas city is also well regarded for its fine dining, hospitality and world-class night life, in one of the most scenic parts of the country. Austin is a sister city to Adelaide, Australia, where the V8 Supercars’ Clipsal 500 is staged.Austin is the capital city of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 14th most populous city in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006.
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