NASCAR issues statement on Gold Coast talks

Tom Howard

Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 - 3:34pm

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Scott McLaughlin laps the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit in a NASCAR demonstration run

NASCAR has issued a response to revelations that Supercars is hoping to lure the popular American series to the Gold Coast in the future.

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer revealed that the category has engaged in preliminary talks with NASCAR to put on a race at the Gold Coast with discussions set to continue later this year.

The news coincided with a NASCAR demonstration from a 2016 Team Penske Ford Fusion at last weekend’s event, conducted by Shell V-Power Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard.

A brief statement has been published by US publication RACER.com following the news which states that NASCAR is willing to work with Supercars but has no plans to run a national series race in Australia currently.

“We look forward to working with our friends in Supercars to share best practices, but right now we have no plans to run a national series race in Australia,” NASCAR told RACER in a statement.

It is understood that Supercars’ discussions have stemmed from a visit by NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell and vice president of innovation and racing development John Probst, to the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend.

O’Donnell downplayed a possible race in Australia when quizzed by Speedcafe.com in August.

 “I think we are probably a long way from that,” he said when asked about a race in Australia.

“When you look at this series they have got a pretty good thing going which is awesome.

“Some of the owners in NASCAR are racing over here as well which is great.

“For us, part of what makes NASCAR work is seeing all forms of motorsport work and that is part of our visit too to see what we can do to share some practices.”

However, the possibility of a NASCAR race on the Gold Coast has already been met with support from some teams in Supercars paddock. 

Last weekend’s demonstration also proved a hit with fans who have overwhelming backed a plan to bring the category to Australia.  

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