Teams from the Australian V8 Supercar championship have taken the opportunity to display some new color schemes in honor of the series' debut this weekend at the Circuit of The Americas. The Austin 400 will be the first U.S. event for the Australian-based series which features 650hp, rear-wheel-drive cars from Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz AMG and GM's Australian arm, Holden.
While the Holden Racing Team has elected to add the Australian flag to the rear of James Courtney and Garth Tander's Holden Commodores, Erebus Racing's Tim Slade will switch to a "Stars and Stripes" livery for his Mercedes Benz. Other livery updates for the Austin weekend will include the two Pepsi Max Crew Falcons for Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison carrying a special tribute to the Texan city across the roof of both cars.
A deal with the local Convention and Visitor's Bureau will see the Fords carrying the city of Austin's name, along with the tagline "Live Music Capital of the World." Meanwhile, Russell Ingall will sport a NASCAR look have Stanley Tools backing for his Holden Commodore (ABOVE) this weekend.
HRT's livery design also highlights the VF Commodore, which will be built by Holden Vehicle Operations in Adelaide, Australia -- the same car which is to be sold as the Chevrolet SS in the U.S. later this year.
“V8 Supercars' first visit to the U.S. is an exciting time for HRT in being able to showcase Holden's new VF Commodore to the market where it will soon go on sale badged as a Chevy,” Tander said. “As Holden's factory race team, we're also proud to wave the Aussie flag and show what truly world-class cars Holden is manufacturing in Australia.”
The V8 Supercars will use the shorter 2.4-mile at the Circuit of The Americas layout, rather than the full 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit.
* The V8 Supercars' Austin 400's two final races air live on SPEED Sunday at 4 p.m. Eastern, after the preliminary races air earlier in the day (9 a.m ET) on a delay basis.