The Dick Johnson Racing team’s primary sponsors, Wilson Security and Payce Consolidated, have announced that they will end their partnership with the V8 Supercars Championship’s longest-running team at the end of the current season.
The two sponsors joined forces with the Queensland-based outfit on a race-by-race deal at the start of 2013, when the team was on the verge of collapse. The deal extended to run for the remainder of the 2013 season and into 2014.
The confirmed exit coincides with the team’s new Penske co-owned structure, which will formally see the team renamed DJR Team Penske from 2015 following a majority takeover by racing icon Roger Penske.
“With DJR now moving into a new phase of ownership from next year, we reassessed our position,” said Wilson Security CEO John McMellan in a statement.
“From that review, Wilson Security determined it to be a practical and appropriate time for us to look at alternative opportunities that fit with our commercial strategy moving forward.
“On behalf of everyone at Wilson Security and Payce Consolidated, I would like to wish Dick and his team all the best with their new plans for the 2015 championship and beyond.”
Penske will bring its own sponsors to the #17 car which will be piloted by former V8 champion Marcos Ambrose, who will return to Australia after a sojourn in the American NASCAR scene. The team will still have to source sponsorship for its #18 Ford Falcon entry, and that is likely to be contingent on which driver it can sign on to partner Ambrose.
The team’s existing driver, Scott Pye (pictured above) is thought to be the man most likely to stay on, pending negotiations between his management and DJR, as well as what sponsorship deals can be secured. He is currently in the first year of a two-year deal with the team.
As for Wilson Security and Payce Consolidated, an exit from the V8 Supercars Championship is highly unlikely – instead, it is expected that the two companies will team up with Volvo Polestar Racing next season, and bring current DJR pilot David Wall along with them as part of the deal. Wall would replace Swedish import Robert Dahlgren, who has not unexpectedly struggled to make an impression in his debut year.
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