Team(s): Shell V-Power Racing Team
Team Principal: Roger Penske; Dick Johnson
Chassis: Ford Falcon FG X
Drivers’ Championships: 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2010
Founded by Dick Johnson, DJR Team Penske is the longest-operating motor racing team in Australia, with over 35 years of racing and business experience. The team is owned by five-time Australian Touring Car Champion and 3-time Bathurst winner, Dick Johnson and billionaire American race team owner and businessman Roger Penske.
After scaling back from four to two cars in 2013 with the loss of Paul Morris and Charlie Schwerkolt’s licenses and having operated the Dean Fiore / TripleF Racing Entitlement in 2012 and 2013, Chaz Mostert gave Dick Johnson Racing its first win since 2010 amid major financial dramas. DJR secured a second Racing Entitlements Contract for 2014 (purchasing the Paul Morris / Nemo Racing REC used by Tekno Autosports in 2013), but the new-lineup of Scott Pye and David Wall were unable to repeat Mostert’s win.
The team’s major success of 2014 was the announcement of a partnership with American powerhouse Team Penske, with ex-champion Marcos Ambrose returning after nine years in NASCAR to drive the No. 17 Ford Falcon.
The team scaled back to run a single car in 2015 having leased its REC to Prodrive customer team Super Black Racing, but despite Marcos Ambrose’s eagerness to get back home and race in V8 Supercars once more, he stepped down after just one round, leaving Enduro Cup partner Scott Pye to do all the heavy lifting in 2015. After a slow start, Pye secured a maiden podium at Pukekoke.
DJR Team Penske expanded to a two-car operation in 2016, signing up the in-form and experienced Fabian Coulthard and retaining Scott Pye. Both drivers scored a podium at Phillip Island but bad luck and inconsistency saw them unable to repeat the feat again until Pye’s impressive performance in Pukekohe. Mid-way through the season it was announced that Pye would be replaced by Kiwi young-gun Scott McLaughlin.
The two fast New Zealanders will be backed by Shell, the major oil company returning to DJR Team Penske for the first time as a full-time sponsor since 2004. After being poached from Triple Eight, Ludo Lacroix joins the team to help move forward into the Gen2 regulations.