The remarkable turnaround of the Dick Johnson Racing squad has taken another step further forward with confirmation that its naming rights sponsor, Wilson Security, has extended its race-by-race sponsorship of the team right through to the end of the season.
The announcement comes in the wake of the team’s first race win since 2010 in the season-closing race of the Coates Hire Ipswich 360 a fortnight ago, where Chaz Mostert claimed a brilliant lights-to-flag win in his Ford Falcon.
After the series’ longest-running team came within days of being shut down due to a lack of funding at the start of the season, Wilson Security stepped in with a temporary sponsorship deal just days before the season-opening Clipsal 500, and opted to expand its sponsorship to both cars a few rounds into the season.
The company has been a title sponsor for a host of V8 Supercars teams since 2009 when it joined the grid with Paul Cruickshank Racing before switching to Stone Brother Racing in 2010, followed by Tony D’Alberto Racing in 2011 and Brad Jones Racing in 2012-3, giving the company the unusual position of being a naming rights sponsor to two different teams representing two different manufacturers.
With the team’s resurrection seemingly well on its way after its long-awaited return to the winners’ circle, Wilson Security CEO John McMellan had little hesitation in inking a deal through to the end of the year.
“We moved to support DJR earlier this year on a short term basis based on the simple fact that they needed a hand and we wanted to help,” he said in a team media release.
“Since then they have proven their ability to deliver a solid commercial platform for us that has worked in a way that was supportive and complementary to our overall plan.
“Our decision to provide support for the remainder of 2013 is to assist the team by providing them with stability and certainty for the season whilst they continue to regroup and execute their new business plan.”
“The whole team has been working very hard to move DJR up the grid and there have been a number of really good things in recent months,” DKR team principal Dick Johnson added.
“The arrival of Chaz at the Perth round, Shell’s branding on the #17 Blanchard Falcon and of course taking out a race win at QR are all part of the building blocks. We had set out to reward Wilson Security and John for their belief in us earlier this year and believe we have come a long way to achieve that.”
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