NASCAR coming to Salisbury, all the way from Australia

Scott Saunders
Scott Saunders

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - NASCAR is coming to Salisbury, according to the head of an Australian based team that hopes to field a truck in the Camping World Truck Series, and a car in the Nationwide Series.

Roo Motorsports is expected to announce that it will set up its racing headquarter in the Speedway Industrial Park just off I-85.  The park is now home to a quarter midget race track and other businesses.

Robert Van Geons, head of RowanWORKS, the economic development platform for Salisbury and Rowan County told WBTV about the announcement.

Roo Motorsports will be the first Australian owned race team to compete in a NASCAR touring series, according to Van Geons.

Scott Saunders is slated to be the driver for the team.

Scott is a relatively unknown Australian Motorsports star due to most of his racing career being outside of Australia, according to his web site.  Since 1996 at the age of 9, Scott has been racing and has won National and World titles in Karting.

Scott holds a US Karting record as one of only a hand full of drivers to win 4 USA IKF Grand National Championships.

The Roo Motorsports Facebook page features a picture of the team's #49 Chevrolet truck.