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LEAGUE CHAMPS SUPPORT TEAM AUSTRALIA SOME of the current great names of Australian rugby league have thrown their support behind the three-car Team Australia outfit in this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 Champ Car race on Queensland's Gold...

LEAGUE CHAMPS SUPPORT TEAM AUSTRALIA

SOME of the current great names of Australian rugby league have thrown their support behind the three-car Team Australia outfit in this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 Champ Car race on Queensland's Gold Coast.

A group of players headed by Queensland State of Origin star, Dally M Winner and North Queensland Cowboys grand finalist Johnathan Thurston will be residents in the Team Australia corporate suite at the VB chicane on one of the fastest pasts of the circuit

The group will also include West Tigers Premiership players Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah and Dean Halatau and Cowboys and State of Origin player Ty Williams.

The three Team Australia cars will be driven by Queenslanders Marcus Marshall and Will Power and "adopted" Canadian Alex Tagliani, who is considering Australian citizenship after marrying former Miss Indy runner-up Bronte Kok a couple of years ago.

"We have heard so much about Indy over the years and we are excited to be going as a group to this year's event," said Marshall.

"After the grand final win and celebrations and then my shoulder operation last week, a few days at Indy on the Gold Coast cheering on Team Australia will be a great way to relax a bit.

"I might not have been cheering on the Aussies in last weekend's Rugby League test against the Kiwis, but myself and the boys will have our green and gold on this weekend."

Thurston was born in Sunnybank in Brisbane and actually played some of his football in Toowoomba, where Will Power grew up and started his racing career before venturing to Europe.

"Team Australia has Queensland owners and Queensland drivers and that can only be a good thing.

"I think Team Australia is something all Queenslanders and Australians should be getting behind this week and be proud of.

"Imagine the party if they end up on the podium."

There will be no bigger party in Australia this weekend than the Lexmark Indy 300 and the biggest party on track will be the Team Australia suite which has been put together by Team Australia co-owners Craig Gore and John Fish.

The suite has already attracted several high-profile celebrities, including several leading NRL players, entertainers and other sporting talents.

"Basically we have filled the suite, so we are delighted," said Gore.

"We will have a great mixture of race fans, celebrities and other sporting fans just keen to cheer on the Green and Gold this weekend. They have come from all over Australia.

"The support the team has received has been amazing and we look forward to it flowing through the weekend and beyond."

The Champ Cars will be on track for the first time on Friday morning.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Marcus Marshall , Will Power
Teams Williams