Volvo is expected today to announce its entry as the fifth manufacturer to be represented in Australia's V8 Supercars series.
The news is expected to come from Brisbane today, coinciding with the launch of Volvo's new S60 Polestar sedan. The carmaker is tipped to be aligning with Garry Rogers Motorsport.
According to Motoring.com.au, Volvo Car Australia managing director Matt Braid finalised negotiations as recently as last week.
In line with the launch, the S60 model is expected to get the V8 Supercars' Car of The Future' treatment, with Volvo joining Nissan and Erebus Motorsport’s Mercedes-Benz entries along with the well-established Ford and Holden entries.
Volvo is no stranger to Australian touring car racing. It won the ATCC championship in 1986 with a blisteringly-quick Volvo Turbo and Robbie Francevic at the wheel.
Both Peter Brock and Jim Richards have also successfully competed for Volvo in the Bathurst 12-Hour and in the two-litre Super Touring category in the 1990s.
Garry Rogers Motorsport, who currently competes in V8 Supercars with Holden Commodores, has been linked with Chrysler as a possible entrant on more than one occasion.
He denies any arrangement with Volvo, and Volvo Car Australia has also denied the deal (but, experience shows, it pays not to put too much credence on denials where commercial marriages are involved).
TMR's Tim O'Brien is attending the launch of the S60 Polestar this week. Stay tuned for an official announcement from V8 Supercars and Volvo Car Australia.