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Indy 300 tribute for Peter Brock


But James Brock, 30, believes dealing with the public outpouring of emotion for his legendary father has helped him cope with his family's shock loss.

James Brock today announced he would pilot his dad's 1984 Bathurst 1000-winning Holden Commodore around the Gold Coast street circuit before the October 21 V8 Supercar support race during the Indy program.

Peter Brock, 61, died when his racing car crashed in the Targa West rally near Perth on September 8.

James Brock was touched that he had been asked to complete the tribute but admitted it would be "eerie" getting behind the wheel of a car his dad made famous.

"There may be some slight apprehension on my behalf in having to confront quite a few people who want to extend their condolences," he said.

"I'm a bit more of a private person than he was so that's something that I am not particularly looking forward to.

"I'm sure it will (be eerie) ... it's all nice and comfortable and then you get in there look at the thousands of people around you and see how much emotion they have ... but it's an honour."

James Brock will also be competing in the V8 Ute series as part of the support program for the October 19-22 Indy event.

He also completed a lap at the recent Australian Motorcycle GP in the LJ Torana XU-1 Peter Brock took to three Australian Touring Car championships.

He will do it again when he leads nine vehicles in which Brock tasted Bathurst 1000 success as part of a huge tribute at the October 5-8 Mount Panorama endurance race.

Peter Brock earned the moniker "King of the Mountain" thanks to his record nine Bathurst 1000 victories and six pole positions at Mount Panorama.

"It's difficult, obviously it (Brock's passing) is still fairly recent," James Brock said.

"There's still some personal stuff you've got to deal with.

"But the support people have shown around the country and across the world has made it a lot more easier.

"Even events like this (Indy) has forced me to confront it, deal with it - it all helps.

"There will be a few tears I'm sure up there at Bathurst so hopefully at Indy the mood would have lightened and it will be more of a celebration."

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie today did not rule out following the lead of Adelaide re-naming a section of its V8 Supercar street circuit in Brock's honour and erecting a permanent memorial at the Indy track.

"I wouldn't rule anything out. But we haven't discussed that and wouldn't do that without talking to the (Brock) family," he said.

James Brock also welcomed the Bathurst Regional Council's suggestion to erect a statue of his father at Mount Panorama.