MEDIA ALERT: U.S. and Aussie race car drivers tackle tough new Grand Prix circuit in Austin, Texas

Kurt Busch becomes first NASCAR driver to test Gen-6 car at country's first purpose-built F1(r) track

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V8 Supercars will compete in the Austin 400 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, May 17-19. Tickets are on sale now!

Austin, Texas, April 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Circuit of The Americas™, the country's new premier destination for world-class motorsports and entertainment, will host some of the biggest names in race car driving from both the United States and Australia on Tuesday, April 23, as NASCAR 2004 Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch meets V8 Supercars drivers James Courtney (2010 series champion) and Fabian Coulthard to test their respective race cars on the highly challenging 3.4-mile circuit. 

Courtney and Coulthard will be competing at the purpose-built Grand Prix racing circuit next month as part of the V8 Supercars Austin 400 event, May 17-19, and the Austin circuit is hosting a V8 Supercars Media Preview Day tomorrow to assist U.S. media with advance coverage of the event. The V8 drivers, who took part in festivities surrounding the recent Red Bull MotoGP of the Americas at the Circuit, invited Busch to come to Austin to swap cars and experiences. From the intense driving styles to the fan-friendly environment at the track, there are inherent similarities between the NASCAR and V8 Supercars series. So to bring top representatives from each series together to trade notes makes perfect sense.

Media interested in attending the V8 Supercars Media Preview Day, featuring 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch, should RSVP to Julie Loignon, the Circuit's vice president of public and media relations, at julie.loignon@circuitoftheamericas.com. The Circuit will provide high-resolution images and high-definition video highlights of the drivers' exploits on track, as well as video interviews with Busch, Courtney and Coulthard via the Circuit's dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com. Circuit of The Americas will issue a follow-up media advisory the afternoon of April 23 when the video content is available for download.

About Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX while also hosting MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™, GRAND-AM Road Racing™, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championships. The Circuit of The Americas' master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element is a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings include the Austin360 Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor live music space; an iconic 251-foot, 25-story tower with observation deck; an events and conference center; a banquet hall; and a state-of-the-art medical facility. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com, www.Austin360Amphitheater.comor the Circuit's dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com.

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Julie Loignon
Office: 512.536.1457