Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Queensland, Australia Premier Anna Bligh celebrate V8 Supercars agreement

It's official – Australia's V8 Supercars series is set to bash fenders in Austin, Texas in 2013. The news comes hard on the heels of the Austin city council approving the United States Grand Prix Formula One race at the Circuit of the Americas.

The FIA-sanctioned touring car series has signed a five-year contract and the two 124-mile (200-km) races will be televised live on SPEED. The 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas will also play host to MotoGP bike racing, having sewn up that series from 2013 to 2022. Check out the full details in the press release after the jump.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

V8 Supercars Agrees to Five-Year Deal With Austin's
Circuit of The Americas™ to Host Championship;
SPEED™ to Broadcast Races


Australia's Most Popular Motorsports Series Makes Its First U.S. Home in
Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – June 30, 2011 – V8 Supercars and Circuit of The Americas, along with Texas
Governor Rick Perry and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, announced today a five-year agreement to bring the famous Australian V8 Supercar series to the new Circuit of The Americas beginning in 2013.

"While Texas has established itself as the nation's place for business, it's quickly becoming the
nation's place for big sporting events, as well," said Governor Rick Perry. "V8 Supercars now joins Formula One, MotoGP, NASCAR, the NFL, NBA, NCAA and USTA, among the many that have chosen Texas to host major events in the last few years. This is more good news for the Lone Star State, and will provide a significant boost to the economy of Central Texas."
"The addition of V8 Supercars into our lineup 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 is among the fastest growing motorsports in the world. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) recently sanctioned it as an international series. The series is enormously popular in Australia and New Zealand and will be making its first entrance into North America at Circuit of The Americas.

V8 Supercars joins the already existing 10-year agreements Circuit of The Americas has to host the Formula 1 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) races live and in full throughout
North and South America.

"I can't describe how excited we are to bring the V8 Supercars race to such a spectacular facility. With Formula 1 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 Tony Cochrane, Chairman of V8 Supercars.

"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," added Cochrane. "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."

Formerly the Australian Touring Car Championship, the current series was devised in 1993 and
branded as "V8 Supercars" in 1997. The cars are based on modified versions of Australia's two most popular – and most rivaled – passenger cars, the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.
V8 Supercars continues as one of Australia's largest sports both in attendance and television viewership. In 2010, approximately 1.7 million people attended V8 Supercars events, including V8 Supercars' 20 millionth spectator at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets see if they're smarter than the F1 people and schedule the race when spectators won't be dying of heat stroke in the middle of June.
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like the perfect opportunity to promote the return of Caprice and Falcon.
      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I follow the Martin Whitmarsh line of thought, in that ONE race in The States might not be enough to garner a following. Also, the logistics behind moving cars across the big pond just for one race seems a lesson in futility. Instead, they should consider 2-3 races in America/The Americas. Go to Infineion. Laguna Seca. Road America. Road Atlanta. Watkins Glen. Sebring. Indy (road course). Interlagos. Gilles Villeneuve. Something. But add more than ONE America(s) race to the series. If you can justify one race across the Pacific, then you should be able to justify 2-3.
      vtecgreen
      • 3 Years Ago
      So by my count all we need is a DTM race, maybe a BTCC race, WRC, and a LeMans style race and you'd have most of the more popular racing series' on the planet in Austin. What great news for that track!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vtecgreen
        DTM is in talks about running at Austin. They've been in talks with the France family for a partnership deal between the Rolex Grand Am Series and DTM. Also, WRC doesn't run on tracks.
          vtecgreen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I know WRC Doesn't run on tracks - I was being sarcastic.....sorry that didn't come through my post.
      John Hughan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The title says 2013 and the text says 2014. Proofread, Autoblog!
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring that to LH Miller Speedway, too!
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great news for the state of Texas. Keep up the good work.
      Benjamin Roethig
      • 3 Years Ago
      Insert uninformed comments about how American auto racing sucks and how we ghastly Americans are going to turn away from NASCAB and switch to international road racing when we see it and ovals aren't true racing because they're not what Europe likes. Otherwise, this could be pretty good for the V8s if they temper their expectations. You might not be gaining too many U.S. fans who will probably have no idea this race exists, but its positioned well to gain central American fans who could be very interested in this series without having to deal with a less than secure situation.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      nascar where are you? Love the Aussie V8 supercar series. It will be interesting to see how GM and Ford react to seeing Falcons and Commodores doing battle in the middle of America. Meanwhile on the oval you have Fusion and Malibu bodied "funny cars" driving in circles.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Fusion and "Impala" which will soon become Mustang and "whatever stupid car GM picks".
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason
          Mustangs, Challengers, and probably either the upcoming Malibu or the Camaro. 2013, NASCAR will be letting the manufacturers make the cars look more like the production counterpart rather than just being stickers. Like the Challengers running in Nationwide, only looking exactly like the production counterpart.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        NASCAR does not only run on 2 road courses. They run on Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve and Road America in Nationwide. Nationwide and Trucks just ran on Road America this past weekend. Nationwide provided one of the most exciting races of the year. Also, I'm guessing you didn't watch the Daytona 500 and the Aaron's 499. Because those were pretty damn exciting.
          Reparkable
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I think your missing the point. The TYPE of cars is not the problem. Its the CIRCUITS. Oval racing sucks. Who cares if NASCAR runs 2-3 road courses a year. Aussie V8's do it ALL year.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        By the way, they don't run Malibus in NASCAR. They run Impalas.
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hell Effin Yes!!!! Hey NASCAR pay attention, this is how its done!
        Brandon Walter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pwr2lbs
        Real racing, not running around in circles for hours on end. Real hardcore racing. Cannot wait!
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Brandon Walter
          NASCAR does road courses, also. They just had one this past weekend.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pwr2lbs
        Uh NASCAR already does what Aussie V8s do. Spec racing is what it's called.
          gtv4rudy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The Aussie V8 series cars look to be more 'stock car" than Nascar.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          But they aren't. They're tubed chassis cars that will be powered by one spec engine by next year. It's pointless just to have the bodies on the car because it takes away from the Holden vs. Ford rivalry.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pwr2lbs
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      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alright Austin! You're pretty much the only reason why I'd ever visit Texas (save for the Texas Mile).
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        And why are you making Texas sound like Nebraska?
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