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V8s don't need IndyCars
Locally-based V8 Supercar driver Russell Ingall says the Gold Coast motor racing event can survive without IndyCars.

Ingall, who was speaking at Main Beach at the unveiling of the surfboard trophies for the Gold Coast V8 round yesterday, believes the unique Ford versus Holden racing rivalry is enough to keep the crowds coming back should Indy Racing League bosses decide against bringing a race to Australia next year.

"I'm pretty biased because if it's just V8s that's just fine," he said.

"At the end of the day we are the last race on Sunday so that sort of puts us as a feature race really -- I think V8s can stand alone anywhere they go.

"IndyCar adds a different flavor to it, I suppose."

Ingall, whose nickname is 'The Enforcer', has left no doubt as to his intentions this Sunday.

"I think my record so far is 12 wing mirrors I've taken off in a meeting so I'm going for the record to see if I can go higher," he joked.

"You need total commitment here and you can't let the place get on top of you. If you are scared of the place you won't go fast.

"You've got to commit all the time and you've got to be prepared to scrape the walls ... if you're not scraping the walls you're not going fast enough.

"You've just got to take the brave pills and disconnect the brain for this track."

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