Australia’s hailed V8 Supercar racing series was in unfamiliar territory this weekend, racing at the Circuit Of The Americas outside of Austin, Texas — a track far, far away from Sydney. It was the Australian V8 Supercar Austin 400, and it drew a crowd of 68,891 spectators over the weekend’s four races, better than what several races in Australia see. A bullish turnout, as the racing series is officially inked in a deal to race at COTA until 2017.
Featured in the race were vehicles that are simply not available in the United States. Cars like the Ford Falcon, and perhaps more recognized by GM enthusiasts, the Holden VF Commodore. American attendees of the weekend event described seeing a bunch of Holden race cars bump and power around COTA was surreal, to say the least.
Naturally, it was a Holden VF Commodore that won every time, as Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard seized victory in race 15 in a Holden VF Commodore race car, spoiling a total sweep for Red Bull Racing Australia. For race 16, it was Red Bull Racing Australia’s Jamie Whincup that won, who also took races 13 and 14 at COTA, displaying his dominance of the series as a whole.