As expected, double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner will take part in the popular V8 Supercar series in his native Australia this season. Stoner retired from MotoGP in 2012 but will now race in the lower level Dunlop development series. This class uses year old--or older cars--from the V8 series.
He'll race for the Triple Eight racing team, a squad sponsored by Stoner's longtime personal sponsor Red Bull.
"Since I was 12, I've always been interested in it,'' Stoner said of the Australian V8 series. "It was always my plan during my whole career to drive a V8.''
"It's now the new chapter in my career but I have to be realistic and see if we're capable of doing anything.''
Stoner told Australian media that he has not considered a MotoGP comeback at all. His Twitter account went dark for weeks recently with Stoner saying in his first post back that he'd been on extended holiday (vacation) with his family.
Stoner, who said in 2012 that a version of his dream home was a house miles from anywhere, one next to a body of water and with a pick up truck (Stoner rented a Ford F150 several times for the Laguna USGP) in the garage, recently bought a new home in Australia.
The new digs are not exactly Dick Proenneke's Alaskan cabin in terms of minimal square footage or being accessible only by float plane. Stoner purchased this $4.25 million mansion on Australia's Gold Coast last month. The home has five bedrooms and a ten car garage, and is located near the Coomera River.
Stoner will test his new race car on February 16.