AN American racer in his first visit to Australia is hoping to jet home with Formula 500 Speedweek honours.
Nebraska-based driver Frank Galusha sits two points off first place after four of the series’ seven rounds.
Galusha, 28, will aim to add to his points tally at Allansford’s Premier Speedway on New Year’s Day when the Formula 500s run in conjunction with World Series Sprintcars.
“It’s a good opportunity to get exposure for our type of racing,” he said.
“I haven’t been surprised (by the standard in Australia) because I expected it to be good opposition and it definitely is. There’s a lot of fast cars and it’s not easy to compete here.”
Galusha trails Queenslander James Kennedy in the points tally.
South Australian Angelo Karrousis is third and Allansford driver Jack Bell, who is expected to use his home-track experience to push up the leaderboard on Monday, is equal fifth.
”The tracks here are a lot bigger but it’s going good,” Galusha said.
“Last night (Saturday) we were leading the main and I had a parts failure and didn’t finish but probably would have won.
“It was interesting because all the people at the top of the points standings with me had issues so having a DNF didn’t hurt me a lot.”