The V8 Supercars will be back on-track across every day of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, and Todd Kelly will compete with major sponsorship from software developer, Autodesk.
Autodesk branding will adorn the bonnet and doors of Kelly’s #7 Nissan Altima V8.
The company’s support of Nissan Motorsport in the race highlights its on-going collaboration with the team. Autodesk develops many software applications in use within the engineering office at Nissan Motorsport, and played a key role in developing Nissan’s first V8 Supercar for the 2013 season.
Kelly’s Autodesk car will compete amongst the four-car factory Nissan Motorsport team, including the NISMO Nissan of Michael Caruso, who will race a brand-new Nissan chassis. Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Nissan) and James Moffat (Steadfast Nissan) make up the four-car squad.
The V8s will be on-track on all four days of the Grand Prix event, kicking off on Thursday with two practice sessions and a single 20 minute qualifying session. Two 12-lap races will be run on Friday, followed by two more 12 lap races on Saturday and Sunday.
Todd Kelly, #7 Autodesk Nissan Altima V8
“Autodesk has been a great partner of ours for a long time – basically since the day we opened the doors of Kelly Racing,” said Todd Kelly.
“It has been instrumental in the evolution of our race team and ultimately, they took on the workload of assisting us switch from Holden to Nissan.
“Autodesk’s software portfolio is far broader than just the ‘CAD’ software. We have leveraged the solution from initial design of the Altima, through to full simulation and data and document management.
“Our whole business has benefited from our relationship with Autodesk and we are grateful for their support”.
“Given that they’ve been responsible for the design of the car that we’re driving, it’s pretty cool that we have the Autodesk brand plastered down the side of one of our cars and showcase to the world what we’ve been able to achieve together.”