Chad Reed wishes he still owned his beachfront unit in Newcastle.
The 35-year-old US-based supercross star was at the Bathurst 1000 last weekend and believes the Newcastle 500 in November will be “awesome” for the city.
“It actually goes right by my old place on Newcastle Beach,” he said from the Walkinshaw Racing suite at Mt Panorama on Sunday.
“Shame I don’t have that place still. I could sit on the balcony and watch it.
“Obviously I’m a Newcastle boy. I just think they're some of the most passionate motor sport fans around.
“Whether it was in the old-school days of the Motordrome, to the Knights stadium, to the showground, it just seems like they’ve always gotten really, really good crowds, and I think Supercars will just smash it.”
Reed flew into Australia on Thursday and returns to the US on Monday to lock up a ride in next year’s AMA Supercross Championship.
The two-time AMA champion finished ninth this year then announced he was ending his long-time partnership with Yamaha.
He is remaining coy about his next move but said he had no plans to retire until he was at at least 37.
He will defend his AUS-X Open crown in Sydney next month, two weeks before the Newcastle 500.
“The biggest bummer about the Newcastle race is I don’t think I can make it. Two weeks is going to be tough.
“We have Thanksgiving in the US, and that’s our go time, a lot of photo shoots, team announcements.
“I’m still wheeling and dealing to see if I can make my schedule work.”