Cochrane: Strong interest from North America

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Friday 3rd June, 2011 - 3:07pm

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Tony Cochrane is bullish on the chances of V8 Supercars racing in America

Tony Cochrane is bullish on the chances of V8 Supercars racing in America

Tony Cochrane has boasted of ‘strong interest’ from North American racing circuits wishing to host a V8 Supercars Championship event.

The category chairman is heading V8 Supercars’ push for international expansion, which could see as many as six events held off-shore in the future.

According to Cochrane, the V8 Supercars have a growing fan base in North America, thanks in part to the Marcos Ambrose-hosted television packaged.

“There has been very strong interest from a number of American circuits to host a round of our great championship,” Cochrane told American website Speed.com.

“We don’t have anything signed, but we are talking with people.”

While it is unclear how the economics of such a trip would work, Cochrane hinted that the V8 Supercars best chance of racing in North American is likely to be as a support category at an existing event.

“One of the things that I think makes this an interesting exercise is that we’re open to talk to people about their ideas and our ideas and try and find some common ground,” said Cochrane.

“Sitting here today, I wouldn’t say we’ve ruled anything in or anything out.

“We’ve spoken with a number of North American promoters and regions that are interested and we’ll continue to have open dialogue with them.”

According to Cochrane, a North American event could be added to the calendar as soon as 2013.

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