AN American sprintcar driver coming off a career-best campaign in the famed World of Outlaws will compete in Australia's most distinguished race in 2024. Californian Rico Abreu is a crowd favourite who will bring his own equipment and crew chief when he tackles the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic from January 19-21. It is tipped to be his only event on the east coast. He has plans to race in Western Australia too. Abreu, 31, competed in the World of Outlaws on a part-time basis this year, notching a personal best six victories. He follows fellow Americans Sheldon Haudenschild and Aaron Reutzel in nominating for the 51st classic. Haudenschild, who will race for Terang's Jack Lee, finished second to Portland's Brock Hallett this year. Reutzel finished ninth in the 2023 classic, having started the finale from 22nd.