David Reynolds has signed a two-year contract extension with Rod Nash Racing that will see the up-and-coming driver race in The Bottle-O’s distinctive green colour scheme in the V8 Supercars Championship.
The exciting driver has been part of the RNR stable for the past two seasons, and while speculation continues over the Ford Performance Racing stable’s future with its parent carmaker, that hasn’t stopped Nash and Reynolds from inking a new deal.
Nash currently leases his #55 entry’s Racing Entitlements Contract to Ford Performance Racing, which also leases a second REC from Queensland-based tycoon Charlie Schwerkolt as part of an expanded four-car operation.
Nash was at pains to stress that his deal with Reynolds has been signed independently of whatever happens to the Ford Performance Racing team’s negotiations with Ford, which is set to exit the series altogether at the end of 2016.
“While Dave is part of the FPR family, he technically drives for my licence under the Rod Nash Racing (RNR) banner,” Nash said.
“The commercial budget for my licence is separate to that of the #5 and #6 factory cars entered under the FPR banner. Dave’s deal also has nothing to do with the ongoing discussions FPR and Ford are engaged in. While Ford is a partner of RNR we are merely one of their customer teams, not the official factory team.
“There has been constant dialogue with Dave throughout the course of the year about him remaining with the team beyond 2013 and we are very pleased we’ve been able to sign him for at least the next two seasons,” Nash added in today’s announcement.
“We enjoy a long-term association with our title-sponsor The Bottle-O and now both they and Dave are with us until at least the end of 2015 which provides great continuity both commercially and for our engineering team.”
“I really like driving for Rod and RNR and being part of the big FPR family is where I want to be,” Reynolds added.
“We’ve had some success but we both want to build on that and take everything to the next level so there was never any intention to do anything but keep driving for Rod.
“The Bottle-O has been a big supporter of his team for many years and they have been great to work with. I think we suit each other really well and by the end of my current deal I will be their longest-serving driver so I am looking forward to repaying their loyalty on and off track.”