A Ford outfit and an IndyCar driver are teaming up for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1,000, but it’s not the DJR Team Penske combination we were expecting.
Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie will drive a Prodrive Racing Falcon in October’s Great Race, becoming the first all-female team to compete at the Mount Panorama classic since Kerryn Brewer and Melinda Price came home 11th in the Castrol Cougars Commodore (that’s quite the name) in 1998.
De Silvestro has competed in 69 IndyCar events with a career best race finish of 2nd at Houston in 2013. She also had the pointless role of Sauber test driver and will drive for Michael Andretti in Formula E’s second season.
Renee Gracie competes in the Dunlop Development series for Bathurst champion, Paul Morris. The 20-year-old sits 19th in the standings with a career best finish of 12th in her rookie season, to this point.
Though the two lack experience, they should be aided by top notch equipment. The factory Ford outfit has dominated the 2015 campaign with the brand new FG X, winning 12 out of 20 races and leading the championship by 256 points with Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom. The team has also won the last two Bathurst crowns, including the absolute miracle last year by Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris.
The PRA wild card will be joined by Aaren and Drew Russell from Novocastrian Motorsport in an ex-GRM Commodore, extending the grid to 27 entries.
A Triple Eight wild card piloted by Mattias Ekstrom and Andy Priaulx finished 10th in 2013. Last year, Prodrive fielded the one-off entry from Super Black Racing who is now a full time competitor in the series, completing the race in 11th.
For more, including a video interview with the Swiss driver who says this is a two-year plan, click here.
The date for this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1,000 is October 11th (October 10th in North America).
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