American star part of USA Invasion Tour to WA

US star Jeremy Payne in action during last year’s series.
US star Jeremy Payne in action during last year’s series.

The event, which brings together top drivers from the US and Australia, will be held over three WA rounds across two weekends.

The series kicks off at Collie Speedway on January 3 then moves to Manjimup on January 4, culminating in the final round at Ellenbrook on January 11.

One of the American stars competing in the series will be Jeremy Payne (28).

The full-time professional driver, who lives in Springfield, Missouri, won the inaugural USA Invasion Tour in 2012 and is no stranger to the podium in his native country.

Payne has a passion for modified and late- model racing and, like many top drivers, started racing at a young age.

At just eight he raced go-karts and became known as the ‘Cactus Kid’.

The American star will pilot the car of local driver Ryan Halliday, a successful WA Late Model competitor in his own right.

Halliday has tasted success in the Late Model division when he won the National Title in

2002-03 as well as the WA State Championships in 2000-01.

Ellenbrook Speedway club president Jason Oldfield said he was thrilled to see THE track host the final round of the USA Invasion Tour.

‘It’s going to be a huge meeting ” one of the biggest in the history of the speedway,’ he said.