Less than a year after announcing his retirement from MotoGP
, a sport in which he was crowned world champion twice, Casey Stoner has confirmed he will enter the popular Australian touring car series V8 Supercars
Stoner will initially be competing in the Dunlop V8 Series, a feeder series for the top-level V8 Supercars category. Although the 27-year-old is a two-time world champion on two wheels, he is still a rookie when it comes to four-wheeled motorsports.
Stoner will be driving a current-generation VE Holden Commodore
race car fielded by Triple Eight Racing, with sponsorship from Red Bull and Pirtek.
An updated VF Holden Commodore due out this year will be same car sold in the U.S. as the 2014 Chevrolet SS
and raced by Chevy
in NASCAR's Sprint Cup.
Stoner won the 2007 MotoGP title on a Ducati and took 2011’s championship together with Repsol Honda. Part of the reason for his controversial exit from MotoGP and ensuing switch to V8 Supercars was due to unhappiness from being outside his native Australia for so long during the year.
Triple Eight Racing engineering boss Roland Dane welcomed Stoner into his organization, which remains one of the most successful in V8 Supercars.
“Casey is the ultimate professional and I think everyone involved is looking forward to being a part of his transition from two to four wheels,” Dane said at the announcement of Stoner’s latest career move.
The team and livery will be unveiled on February 27, just two days before Stoner makes his debut in the seven-round Dunlop V8 Series starting in the Australian city of Adelaide.