The 2015 Bathurst 1000 will host an all-female driver pair for the first time in 17 years as an international star and emerging local racer join forces for the October classic.
Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro is set to take a break from IndyCar and Formula E campaigns to make her Bathurst debut in a wildcard entry prepared by defending Bathurst champions Prodrive Racing Australia.
The 26-year-old former Sauber F1 test driver will share a Ford Falcon with 20-year-old Renee Gracie, who tackles Mount Panorama in a V8 Supercar for the first time following two Bathurst visits with Porsche's Carrera Cup series.
As one of only three female drivers to have claimed an IndyCar podium, De Silvestro is a highly-regarded talent who has raced competitively at the highest levels, while Gracie is taking part in the second-tier development series for V8 Supercars.
The Queensland-based driver says her goal is to stay on the same lap as race leaders and be ready to pounce as "anything can happen" at Bathurst.
But that may prove difficult as Gracie's two Porsche campaigns at Bathurst saw her qualify 7.6 seconds and 7.9 seconds off the leading pace in identical cars over the course of a two minute lap.
Though the team will receive plenty of attention as the only female drivers on the grid, Gracie wants to be treated as one of the boys.
"Even to this day people don't take me as seriously as I think they should," she said.
"This is a job, this is a career, this is the rest of my life - I'm not like the other girls that come and go.
"I've got serious sponsors and serious backing ... I want to be here for the next 20 or 30 years."
Having put the deal together with manager Chris Jewell, Gracie says NASCAR queen Danica Patrick "was our first choice but she wasn't available".
"Simona was obviously second in line," Gracie said.
"She's certainly one of the best, if not the best, female driver in the world."
Having witnessed the Bathurst 1000 from afar, De Silvestro is keen to have a crack at Australia's finest track.
"The Bathurst 1000 race was actually the first V8 Supercars race that I ever watched and it looked amazing," she said.
"The track looks great from what I have seen on TV. It looks really challenging and I can't wait to see it for real and to drive around it."