Former V8 Supercars Champion Russell Ingall’s Supercheap Auto Racing Holden VF Commodore will be presented in a new livery for next weekend’s Austin 400 in Texas.
The regular Supercheap Auto Racing scheme has been replaced by the yellow and black colours of Stanley Hand Tools, a long-time partner of the SCAR team.
Ingall says the livery will be recognised and admired by American race fans.
“Stanley originated in the US, so it’s great to go over there promoting products everyone knows and uses, and a company which is a big supporter of SCAR,” Ingall said.
“Our first visit to America is fantastic for V8 Supercars and a big chance to show off our series to some really passionate race fans.”
As well as celebrating V8 Supercars' first visit to America, the one-off design pays tribute to Ingall’s former teammate and two-time V8 Champion Marcos Ambrose, the first Australian driver to win a NASCAR race.
“It’s also nice to recognise Marcos (Ambrose), who has done really well in NASCAR. We were teammates in V8s for three years and we still stay in touch; I’ll be catching up with him while I’m over there,” Ingall said.
Ingall is predicting the world-class Circuit of The Americas will produce the best V8 racing of the year.
“I’ve watched the Formula 1 and Moto GP races at COTA and it looks like an impressive track with wide straights and plenty of passing spots,” Ingall said.
“I reckon the V8 races will be the most exciting of the 2013 season.
“My teammate James Courtney went over there last month and he told me all about it, so I can’t wait to drive it myself.”
Supercheap Auto managing director David Ajala says V8’s maiden journey to Texas provides a perfect chance to promote Stanley, a product familiar to the American audience.
“Stanley is a long-standing partner of SCAR, and their products are available through Supercheap Auto’s extensive network of stores,” Ajala said.
“The US V8 round is an appropriate opportunity to showcase Stanley, a brand well recognised by American race fans.”
The paint scheme also highlights Ingall’s race number 66. This number holds special significance in America, where Route 66 was one of the country’s first major highways.
Ingall’s car will be air-freighted to the US ahead of the Austin 400, May 17-19 (US time). The event will consist of four 100km races, each with an individual qualifying session and a compulsory pit stop to change tyres, of which only the hard compound will be used.