Charlie Schwerkolt Racing has become the first entrant to take the wraps off its sponsorship package and livery scheme it will use for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship season.
Schwerkolt took his #18 Racing Entitlements Contract from Dick Johnson Racing to Ford Performance Racing during the off-season, and more recently announced that stop-start V8 Supercars racer Alex Davison will join the expanded four-car stable to drive the new ‘Car of the Future’ Ford Falcon.
The new car will have primary backing and naming rights sponsorship from Jeld-Wen, one of the largest window and door makers in Australia. Additional sponsorship from will feature from other Schwerkolt-owned companies, including Roma Caravans, Waverley Forklifts, Manitou Group, Aisle Master and AC-TEC Services.
Jeld-Wen is itself familiar to many V8 Supercars fans, having been a backer of Stone Brothers Racing in the mid-2000s.
And Schwerkolt could not be more thrilled to bring them back into the V8 Supercars fold.
“To be able to bring a great supporter of V8 Supercars like Jeld-Wen back into the sport is really satisfying and to do it in conjunction with the launch of my own team is the icing on the cake,” he said.
“This is the ideal year to be making what feels like a comeback to the sport. With new rules, new cars and the link-up with Ford Performance Racing, it couldn’t be happening at a better time.
“Alex is a seasoned campaigner and with the support of Jeld-Wen and our other partners I am sure CS Racing can be battling at the front with the other FPR cars.”
The remaining teams are expected to deliver a rush of announcements showcasing their liveries and final driver signings ahead of the official pre-season test session on February 15, two weeks before the season-opening Clipsal 500 at Adelaide.
One of the rumours doing the rounds is that Shane van Gisbergen will make an about-face on his decision to quit the V8 Supercars Championship. It is hotly tipped that he will be announced by Tekno Autosport as its second driver.
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