The 2021 racing season is fast closing in and while all the focus will be on many of domestic Australian championships getting underway over the next month, there are plenty of Aussies abroad who are gearing up for big years themselves
Ahead of these overseas championships and series, motorsport.org.au takes a look at drivers who will be representing our country on the international stage.
NTT IndyCar Series
Another big international star is Australia’s IndyCar veteran Will Power. The 2019 Indy 500 winner will embark on his 14th season in North America’s biggest open-wheel racing category. Pairing up with Team Penske once again, Power will be
looking to improve on his multiple top five finishes from previous years and replicate the form of his remarkable 2014 title winning year.
In 2021, Power will be joined by three-time Repco Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin, who makes his Indycar debut this year.
Power and McLaughlin’s first race of the year will be the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in April.
After two seasons in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, Peroni will make the switch from Europe to the United States where he will contest the Indy Lights Series with Carlin Racing. A proven driver on many levels, the 2020 Peter Brock medallist will enter
the season full of confidence after multiple successful stints in Europe and looks to make a mark of his own in IndyCar.
Peroni begins his new life chasing the American dream on 17-18 April when the 10-round season plays the support card to the IndyCar Series.
Indy Pro 2000
It was a long wait for Cameron Shields, but the Toowoomba driver finally secured a seat at DEForce Racing for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 earlier
It's a return to familiar territory for Shields, who raced with DEForce for the second half of the 2020 US F2000 Championship, picking up a number of podiums and top-10 finishes.
The last driver to sign up to
the championship, Shields and the category begin the 18-race season on 17-18 April at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
FIA US Formula Regional Championships
Car will pair up with Team Crosslink for a second season in the US Formula Regional Championships. The 2019 US Formula 4 champion will be all about redeeming himself in 2021 after a disappointing 2020 saw him finish the year in sixth place where constant
engine problems in the second half of the year prevented him from showcasing what he is really capable of.
Car and the US Formula Regional Championships are one of the first major international series to get underway with the first round to take place on 27-28 March.
Extreme E Series
Having already tried her hand in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, rally star Molly Taylor will again be switching categories when she competes in the inaugural Extreme E Series. Competing with Rosberg Xtreme Racing, the 2016 RSEA Safety Motorsport
Australia Rally Champion will be aiming high in her new venture with team owner and 2016 Formula 1 champion, Nico Rosberg. Taylor is also expected to compete in the ARC in Australia throughout 2021, alongside her new TV reporting roles with Channel Seven’s motorsport coverage.
Each round of the new Extreme E Series will take place on five different terrains, starting with the Saudi Arabian desert on 3-4 April.
Porsche GT Racing
It’s been a big few years for the Queenslander after winning the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia back in 2016 and now the Porsche Factory Driver looks like having another big schedule in 2021.
Part of the 14-driver squad, Campbell looks certain to feature in a number of major GT championships and events around the world.