The Dick Johnson Racing team has lost its second major naming rights sponsor, with antivirus software group Norton today announcing it would take its sponsorship dollars to another, as yet unnamed, team for the 2013 V8 Supercars season.
Norton joined the Queensland-based team as a major sponsor in 2011 when its star client, James Moffat, graduated into the top flight after winning the second-tier Dunlop V8 Series title in 2010.
It is almost certain that its stickers will be seen on up to two of the four new Nissan Altimas that will be run by the Kelly Racing stable. With long-time sponsor Jack Daniel’s continuing to sponsor lead driver/owners Todd and Rick Kelly for another year, expect to see the Norton signage on the other cars of Michael Caruso and Moffat, who is almost certain to be announced as the team’s fourth and final driver.
“We’ve enjoyed a really successful year with Dick Johnson Racing, we thank them for being such an exceptional partner to work with and wish them every success in the future,” said Matthew Drake, Senior Director for Pacific, Norton by Symantec.
“We look forward to announcing our 2013 sponsorship plans early in the New Year.”
The announcement is another major body blow for the series’ longest-running team, which will undergo a major downsizing from four to two cars in the off-season after losing two of its Racing Entitlement Contract leases, in addition to the loss of major long-time sponsor, Jim Beam.