Team Australia adds 2nd car for Surfers race
There will be a two-pronged attack from Team Australia on the Nikon Indy 300 with the green and gold livery of the Aussie Vineyards-backed team running on two cars at next weekend’s race around the streets of Surfers Paradise in Australia.
The cars of KV Racing Technology were unveiled in the pit lane of the Nikon Indy 300 circuit today, with Will Power on hand to unveil the two thoroughbred IndyCar racing machines of the Indianapolis-based team.
Power, driver of the #8 Aussie Vineyards – Team Australia car, will be joined by team-mate Oriol Servia in the colors of Team Australia for the big event, held October 23-26.
Servia’s #5 car has run in a silver, orange and blue livery this season, before switching to a red and white livery for the Chicago event last month. But for the Gold Coast race, the Spaniard will join Power in flying the colors of the home team.
“I think its great Oriol and I will both be flying the flag for Aussie Vineyards and Team Australia at the Nikon Indy 300 next week,” said Power.
“I know that Oriol loves this event, so it’s good that he will be able to join me in running the green and gold next weekend. I’m sure the massive Aussie crowd will cheer him on.”
At last year’s Australian event, Servia was fastest in Friday qualifying before Power secured his second-consecutive Gold Coast pole position on Saturday, giving the pair the front row of the grid for Sunday’s race.
“Hopefully we can both do just as well this year,” said Power.
“It will be extremely tough to match that performance because this year’s field is arguably the toughest in the 18-year history of this event, but our aim is to win so we will see how we go.”
The IndyCars hit the track for opening practice on Friday morning, with qualifying on Saturday and the Nikon Indy 300 held on Sunday.