V8 Supercars has announced mandatory pitstops have been added to the format of next month’s Austin 400 in Texas.
The event comprises of four 100km sprint races, the same as the ITM400 Auckland, but in a change to the format revealed in March, all four races will now feature stops for tyre changes. No refueling will be required.
V8 Supercars’ general manager of motorsport, Damien White says the decision to incorporate the pit stops was to give fans attending the Series’ USA debut at the Circuit of the Americas a chance to see the teams at work.
“The race distances ensure there’s flag to flag racing on the one tank of fuel, however we felt to really showcase our sport we needed to show off the whole team in action,” said White.
“Seeing how quickly the crews can change all four tyres is impressive and will further endorse our product in the eyes of a new audience.”
All drivers will be eligible to take part in Friday’s opening Practice Session. Usually reserved for rookies and drivers in the lower half of the Championship points, it has been deemed fairer to allow all cars the same amount of track time as it is the first visit to the new circuit.
The Austin 400 takes place on 17 – 19 May.