V8 SUPERCARS Championship leader Will Davison may not have a V8 Supercar event on this weekend but it wont stop him from heading to another race track.
This weekend hell be at one of the worlds most famous circuits and live out a life-long ambition by attending the Indianapolis 500 in the United States.
The Tradingpost FPR Ford pilot made a last-minute decision to head overseas before his down-and-up weekend at the Phillip Island 300 and will be trackside this Sunday (Monday morning Australian time) for the 96th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
An added bonus for his visit is that Aussie Ryan Briscoe who co-drove with Davison with the Holden Racing Team in the 2010 ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 took pole position over the weekend in his Chevrolet-powered Dallara for Team Penske.
Davisons former junior category rival and mate Will Power who leads the IZOD IndyCar Series points and is Briscoes teammate at Team Penske - will start fifth on the grid.
You always talk about doing these things but its another thing getting off your butt and organising it, says Davison, who flies out this morning but recorded an interview for V8Xtra before he left that will air on Saturday to discuss last weekend's Phillip Island 300.
Ive talked about it. We had a test day due but thats been cancelled just last week and that was the one opportunity I needed to just do it.
Its not every day you get this chance to see two good mates driving for Penske and another good mate in Mike Conway (a Brit driving for A.J. Foyt) and support them in one of the biggest races in the world.
Its a must-do thing. I rarely have a chance in life to be a fan these days because were so busy racing so its going to be really cool to enjoy the spectacle.
Briscoe and Power are both aiming to become the first Australian winner of the Brickyard classic.
Both have raced in the V8 Supercars Championship in the past, Briscoe as recently as last season at the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 with Garth Tander for the Holden Racing Team.
Power last competed on the Gold Coast for Ford Performance Racing in 2010 partnering Steve Richards, though missed last years event after being injured in the tragic Las Vegas IndyCar season finale that claimed the life of 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.
A total of eight drivers that have raced V8 Supercars on the Gold Coast in recent years are among the 33-driver field. In addition to Aussies Briscoe and Power, they are Helio Castroneves (starting sixth), Alex Tagliani (11th), Scott Dixon (15th), Dario Franchitti (16th), Simon Pagenaud (23rd) and Sebastien Bourdais (25th).
Bourdais won last years Saturday race at the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 for TeamVodafone with Jamie Whincup and will return to Australia in October to again pair up with the reigning V8 Supercar Champion.
Frenchman Pagenaud is making his Indy 500 debut, but finished on the podium on the Gold Coast in last years Sunday race with Lee Holdsworth.
The Indianapolis 500 will be shown Monday morning Australian time on May 28 with coverage starting at 1am on SPEED on Foxtel and AUSTAR.