Circuit of The Americas gave U.S. motorsports fans their first taste of V8 Supercars’ mad scramble, bumper-to-bumper style of racing, as Australia’s most popular motorsport made its debut on U.S. soil at the new world-class sports and entertainment complex in Central Texas May 17-19 during the V8 Supercars Austin 400. Attendance for the three-day event, which was marked by record temperatures in the mid-90s, was 68,891. Approximately nine percent of fans who purchased tickets in advance of the race came from Australia to watch their Supercars heroes compete under the red-hot Texas sun. Circuit of The Americas sold tickets to the event in more than 30 states, including Texas. “We would like to thank our fans, employees and vendors; the V8 Supercars series managers, teams and drivers; the Pirelli World Championship family; and our incredibly accommodating host city of Austin for helping us stage another spectacular event,” Circuit President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Sexton said. “V8 Supercars lived up to its billing for dynamic racing and a fan-friendly environment—and we had some die-hard fans here given the very warm temperatures. Our Australian visitors were good sports and loads of fun, and we’re glad that people from around the world had a chance to visit Central Texas and our new state-of-the art facility.”
Photos by: Rick Dole, Lacey Seymour, Keith Rizzo
Despite the best efforts of the 27 other V8 Supercars™ drivers, none were able to bump Jamie Whincup from his customary position as race pole sitter. During Sunday morning’s two qualifying rounds for Race 15 and 16 in this weekend’s V8 Supercars Austin 400 race series at Circuit of the Americas™, Whincup in his No.1 Red Bull Racing Australia Holden snapped up the pole for both of Sunday’s races. In the process he also ran the fastest qualifying lap so far, with a record time of 1:31.994 on the circuit’s modified 2.4-mile short track. The trio atop the grid for Race 15 remained the same as it had been all weekend, with Whincup on the pole, joined by teammate, Craig Lowndes, in the No. 888 Red Bull Racing Australia Holden, who grabbed down his usual No. 2 spot on the grid, and Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard in the No. 14 Holden in third. The three drivers finished 1-2-3 on the podium in both of Saturday’s races.