I finally got to see V8 Supercars racing action. So, why is this important? V8 Supercars racing action will be here in the USA in the Spring of 2013, at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas!
I saw the 2011 Bathurst 1000, via DVR recording enjoyment. This was the first live broadcast of these dedicated fast racers for the USA audience. They really picked one of their pinnacle race track events to debut here, live. For us non-metric types, that’s 620 miles!!! (161 laps X 3.85 miles) Thankfully, these “always on” race duties are shared between 2 co-drivers. The 2011 Bathurst 1000 winners of the Toll Holden Racing Team are Garth Tander and Nick Percat, seen below, celebrating their victory. BTW, this was only rookie Percat’s second V8 Supercars race.
The Bathurst 1000…
It is known among fans and broadcasters as “The Great Race”, and is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motorsport.
To sweeten the pot & make this type of racing more palatable to NASCAR racing fans, they brought along Darrell Waltrip, of NASCAR Championship fame. He put his own unique twist to the the color commentary. You could say that Darrell took the cake. He was given a no-holds-barred ride-along for a very hot lap in a Holden (GM) V8 Supercar (running 650HP). Enjoy this video clip:
Wow, I really like road racing, but this long course & the challengingly narrow uphill & downhill sections, with speeds up to 200MPH is just beyond words. Here’s the start & first 2 laps of this race – can you say exciting?
Watching the these guys after they had almost completed 6 & 1/2 hours (!) of racing, I really respected the super close & competitive final nose to bumper last 2 laps. These Aussies raced both hard & respectfully clean.
The V8 Supercars are based on modified versions of Australia’s two most popular, and most rivaled, passenger cars, the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore (Holden is a General Motors Australia brand, like our Chevrolet). Unlike NASCAR racing cars, these cars still look like & are the same shape as their road going brethren. I think they even use the real headlights & taillights, not sticker facsimiles! As to fuel, all V8 Supercars run on 85 percent CSR Ethanol (E85). For more details & specifics, visit http://v8supercars.com.au.
Racing Ready is now even more excited in anticipation of the Spring of 2013, when V8 Supercars arrives at COTA! WOW…
P.S. – I have to include this informative & brief history of the Bathurst 1000 – you can appreciate why it is SO highly regarded.
P.P.S. – Here’s another track/race to put on Racing Ready the bucket list!