AUSTIN, Texas – Two American national sporting heroes, one of them a home grown Aussie, will be the first guests to drive a V8 Supercar on American soil when they team up with James Courtney and Fabian Coulthard at the Circuit of the Americas next week.
NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and Australia’s most decorated Supercross rider Chad Reed will next Tuesday cut laps in the VF Commodore V8 Supercar at the stunning Austin circuit where V8 Supercars makes its debut on May 17-19.
“I’m flattered for the invite from V8 Supercars,” Busch said. “Not only driving one of their style of cars was high on my list but to do it at COTA makes this a dream opportunity.”
As part of this exciting day, Furniture Row Racing will bring down their Gen-6 race car to be the first NASCAR car to drive at the COTA track. Due to this rare opportunity to have these superstars and their cars in the Capitol, Busch will swap cars with Courtney and Coulthard.
Courtney will this weekend become the first V8 Supercar driver to drive a V8 Supercar in America, and just the second internationally acclaimed Australian after Mark Webber to drive the COTA track, when the Commodore cuts exhibition laps at the MotoGP event.
Courtney and Coulthard flew to Texas yesterday on the back of HRTs form resurgence in Tasmania and New Zealand and Lockwood Racing’s dominant season so far.
Courtney and Coulthard will remain in Texas after the MotoGP weekend for a series of media and promotional engagements with Busch and Reed, including cutting passenger laps on Tuesday.
Busch is an American legend and one of the biggest names in the US. Busch, 34, has earned 24 NASCAR victories, 88 top-five and 174 top-10 finishes to go along with 15 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole awards and the 2004 Sprint Cup Series Championship title.
Busch, who also boasts an IROC championship on his impressive resume, skyrocketed to the top of the stock car racing world early in his career and has maintained a high level of performance since he burst onto the scene.
He won the Cup Series Championship in 2004, the first ever season using the “Chase for the Cup” points format, finishing just eight points ahead of Jimmie Johnson. With a 2006 win in the Nationwide Series, Busch became one of only 23 drivers with a win in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions: the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
He currently drives the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS for Furniture Row Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.
Reed is a multi-time Supercross champion, winning the U.S. AMA Supercross Championship in 2004 & 2008. In 2009, he won the 2009 AMA 450 National Outdoor Motocross Championship, and the Australian Supercross Series for his fourth time.