Dale Wood will suit up alongside Tony Ricciardello for the Armor All Gold Coast 600, completing this weekend’s driving line-up.
Wood drove with Todd Kelly in the #7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Commodore VE at Phillip Island and Bathurst and has been drafted into the #16 Kelly Racing Stratco-backed Commodore VE for the Surfers Paradise street race.
The second Kelly Racing entry will be driven by Jason Bargwanna and IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani.
Wood is one of 13 Gold Coast rookies. Even though most of the international drivers have not competed at the famous street track in a V8, most of them do have experience at the circuit. In total, there are nine V8 debutants.
Wood has never started a V8 race at the track and is looking forward to what will be a challenging meeting.
“I think it’s going to be a really great event and I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Wood.
“To run in all three endurance events gives me some good seat time in these cars, which is something young drivers always suffer with.
“I think the organisers have done a great job with this new event and building it up so I’m hoping we can do a solid job in the Stratco Commodore in front of the big crowd.
“I think the attrition rate will be big at this event, something similar to what we see at Clipsal, but I think it will be a great challenge.
“We will be treating this race a little like Adelaide, in that if you finish the Clipsal 500 you generally know you are going to have a half-reasonable result.
“There will be some guys out there that will still race really hard and then there will be those entries who decide to take a more conservative approach. It comes down to where you are in the championship and how much you want to put the car on the line.”
Below is the entry list for this weekend’s V8 Supercars event – the Armor All Gold Coast 600.
ENTRY LIST: 2010 Armor All Gold Coast 600
|1||Jamie Whincup/Steve Owen||TeamVodafone||Commodore VE II|
|2||Garth Tander/Cameron McConville||Toll Holden Racing Team||Commodore VE II|
|3||Tony D’Alberto/Tiago Monteiro||Centaur Racing||Commodore VE|
|4||Alex Davison/David Brabham||IRWIN Racing||Falcon FG|
|5||Mark Winterbottom/Luke Youlden||Orrcon Steel FPR||Falcon FG|
|6||Steve Richards/Will Power||Dunlop Super Dealer FPR||Falcon FG|
|7||Todd Kelly/Scott Dixon||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Commodore VE II|
|8||Jason Richards/Andrew Jones||Team BOC||Commodore VE II|
|9||Shane Van Gisbergen/John McIntyre||SP Tools Racing||Falcon FG|
|10||Andrew Thompson/Mika Salo||Bundaberg Red Racing||Commodore VE II|
|11||Jason Bargwanna/Alex Tagliani||Rock Racing||Commodore VE|
|12||Dean Fiore/Gianni Morbidelli||Triple F Racing||Falcon FG|
|14||Jason Bright/Alain Menu||Trading Post Racing||Commodore VE II|
|15||Rick Kelly/Owen Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Commodore VE II|
|16||Tony Ricciardello/Dale Wood||Stratco Racing||Commodore VE|
|17||Steven Johnson/Dario Franchitti||Jim Beam Racing||Falcon FG|
|18||James Courtney/Warren Luff||Jim Beam Racing||Falcon FG|
|19||Jonathon Webb/Sebastien Bourdais||Dick Johnson Racing||Falcon FG|
|21||Karl Reindler/Fabrizio Giovanardi||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Commodore VE|
|22||Will Davison/Ryan Briscoe||Toll Holden Racing Team||Commodore VE II|
|24||Fabian Coulthard/David Reynolds||Bundaberg Red Racing||Commodore VE|
|30||Nathan Pretty/Scott Pruett||Gulf Western Oil Racing||Commodore VE|
|33||Lee Holdsworth/Greg Ritter||Fujitsu Racing/GRM||Commodore VE II|
|34||Michael Caruso/Patrick Long||Fujitsu Racing/GRM||Commodore VE II|
|39||Russell Ingall /Jack Perkins||Supercheap Auto Racing||Commodore VE II|
|47||Tim Slade/Helio Castroneves||Wilson Security Racing||Falcon FG|
|51||Greg Murphy/Yvan Muller||Castrol Edge Racing||Commodore VE II|
|55||Paul Dumbrell/Jacques Villeneuve||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Falcon FG|
|888||Craig Lowndes/Andy Priaulx||TeamVodafone||Commodore VE II|
KEY: Italics are for international drivers