Steve Johnson Queensland 500 preview

New Cars Ready To Roll At VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 It was like Christmas had come early when Steve Johnson took the wrapping off his new Shell Helix Falcon at Queensland Raceway yesterday. The new number 17 Ford Falcon will be one of...

New Cars Ready To Roll At VIP Petfoods Queensland 500

It was like Christmas had come early when Steve Johnson took the wrapping off his new Shell Helix Falcon at Queensland Raceway yesterday.

The new number 17 Ford Falcon will be one of several new cars making debuts in the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 at Queensland Raceway on August 24-26 and Johnson wasted no time giving his new machinery a "shakedown". "The boys have done a fantastic job on this car," said Johnson.

"It has been a great experience to watch the whole thing come together in our workshop and then be able to test it for the first time. This is the first brand new race car I have ever had and the whole experience has been a bit of a buzz.

"When a new car comes together like this it is almost like a new member of the family."

Regular teammate Shell Helix Racing teammate Paul Radisich also drove the car, but there has still be no confirmation whether the two will team-up for the VIP Petfoods event and the V8 1000 at Bathurst on October 4-7 ­ although an official line-up announcement is expected on Monday.

The Holden Racing Team will also debut a new car at Queensland Raceway, but it has still not been confirmed who will be co-driving it with current Championship leader Mark Skaife. Regular teammate Jason Bright and "hired" endurance specialists Tony Longhurst and Tomas Mezera are all still in the mix.

Gibson Motorsport is working around the clock to have a new Falcon ready for Craig Lowndes and Neil Crompton for the Queensland Raceway event. The team tested its present car with Lowndes and Crompton at Winton Raceway on Monday and team boss Fred Gibson will make a decision about the new car tomorrow.

Prancing Horse Racing will make its debut in the Shell Championship Series in a new Budweiser-backed Falcon with Mark Noske and Gold Coaster Craig Baird behind the wheel.

Larry Perkins rolled out a new car at Calder Park in Melbourne in round seven and will share it at the VIP Petfoods 500 and Bathurst with regular co-driver Russell Ingall.

Paul Morris was set to run his brand new Big Kev Commodore for the just the second time in the 500, but the car was virtually destroyed by co-driver Matt Neal at Oran Park two weeks ago.

"We originally thought we would have to throw away the new car, but it looks like we can salvage it," said Morris.

"While saying that, nothing can be done in time for the 500 and we will be running the Big Kev Commodore, which helped me take the win at Calder Park a few weeks ago."

VIP PETFOODS QUEENSLAND 500 TICKET INFORMANTION:

FRIDAY - Adults: $5; Under-12 free
SATURDAY - Adults: $22; Concession: $12; 12-under free; Paddock: $5
SUNDAY-Adults: $38; Concession: $20; 12-under free; Paddock: $10
WEEKEND PASS - Adults: $50; Concession: $25; Paddock: $15

TERRACE CLUB - Adults: $95
Marquee area on western side of circuit. Sunday circuit entry and Paddock pass included. Lunch served with cash bar operating.

CORPORATE CLUB - Adults: $185 (minimum of 4)
Full weekend tickets with Paddock Upgrade. Premier car parking inside venue. TV sets for on-track viewing. Race programs for tables of 10. Buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas. Cash bar operating.

Tickets for this year¹s VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 can be purchased through Ticketmaster7.com or by phoning 1 300 888 086.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Neil Crompton , Russell Ingall , Matt Neal , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Paul Morris , Paul Radisich , Mark Noske , Tony Longhurst , Larry Perkins , Steve Johnson
Teams Holden Racing Team