American star Kasey Kahne has confirmed that he’ll be returning to Australia in 2015-16 season to race exclusively at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
Kahne, a household name in NASCAR and dirt track speedway dirt circles, will bring his own first class equipment including two complete cars and spares to race at Valvoline Raceway on December 26, December 28, December 30, January 1, January 3 and January 5.
Kahne will bring his long time right-hand man at Kasey Kahne Racing, Justin Adams, and possibly another team member to facilitate the second Australian tour of his career. Kahne became well aware of the Valvoline Raceway impetus last season, when he tuned into the ‘Clay-per View’ internet live streaming broadcast to watch Kasey Kahne Racing factory pilot Brad Sweet in action on numerous occasions.
Valvoline Raceway managing director Steven Green was delighted today to announce Kahne’s tour.
“Kasey is such a class act,” Green commented.
“Whether it’s on a Superspeedway, the coat hanger in the Poconos or a dirt quarter mile he’s renowned as an ultra-versatile and competitive elite racer. His racing credentials speak for themselves but we’re also delighted to have someone of his professional and modest nature to come and share time with us.
“Justin Adams told me that Kasey’s idea of a holiday is spending some time working on and driving his Sprintcar, so we’re happy we can accommodate him with that and some Aussie summer weather.”
Despite a busy NASCAR schedule, Kahne has remained close to his dirt racing roots through his own driving opportunities when time arises but predominantly through the development of Kasey Kahne Racing where he provides two elite Sprintcars, currently for drivers Brad Sweet and 2013 World of Outlaws Champion Daryn Pittman, on the World of Outlaw schedule each year.
For Kahne, personally, the idea of ‘spare time’ is a limited concept. Increasing on and off track commitments see an exhausting schedule for the Washington native where he’s continually on demand from the media and sponsorship fraternity. The idea then of pulling on a helmet and race suit 14,000 miles from home and getting his fix of Sprintcar racing Australian style has an allure all of its own.
“I’ve enjoyed the racing and the hospitality in Australia before and there’s a lot to like about coming back down there for it,” Kahne said.
“It’s a quick break from all the activity up here (America) and I get to squeeze in six races – it’s a win-win for me.”
Kahne will field his Sprintcar inventory under the umbrella of Steve Caunt Racing – the South Coast of NSW-based car owner and driver has facilitated some of the sport’s biggest names in the past including dual WoO champion Jason Meyers and Outlaw legend Sammy Swindell – who have purchased Kahne’s equipment for the Sydney tour.
“Obviously it’s a great honour to have someone like Kasey involved with our racing program,” expressed Caunt.
“He’ll be running his cars with support from our hauler and our operation. I know he’ll be bringing everything he needs, but he has our entire inventory, if he needs it as well.”
The one and only time Kahne has competed on Australian soil was back in the 2006-07 season over the Christmas-New Year period at the then called Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway – now known as Valvoline Raceway.
Kasey Kahne Valvoline Raceway Dates
December 26: Valvoline Australian Grand Prix (USC NSW Round 9)
December 28: USC NSW Round 10
December 30: NSW Title (USC NSW Round 11)
January 1: The Firecracker 50 Lapper (USC NSW Round 12)
January 3: The second annual Peter Murphy Classic (USC NSW Round 13)
January 5: USC NSW Round 14