Dick Johnson Racing has made the widely-expected announcement that it has purchased a second Racing Entitlements Contract, which ensures its future as a two-car team in the V8 Supercars Championship.
In addition to this, the championship’s oldest team also confirmed it has added Scott Pye to its driving roster for next year.
As we reported earlier this week, the Queensland-based team’s long-term investor, Steve Brabeck, has bought the REC formerly owned by Paul Morris, which has been leased to Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for the past two years.
The team has campaigned the 2013 season with just a single REC – in addition to one leased from Dean Fiore – following its break-up with former co-owner Charlie Schwerkolt, who took one of the team’s RECs to Ford Performance Racing.
While the REC purchase was a fait accompli, the announcement of Pye’s signing was rather more of a surprise.
The 23-year-old has struggled in his first season of top-tier racing in the underfinanced Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team, but the Adelaide-born racer remains highly rated following his previous success in the junior-level Dunlop Series and in his earlier stints in open-wheel racing.
Pye will replace fellow rookie Chaz Mostert, who was loaned to Dick Johnson Racing mid-season and will now replace Will Davison at Ford Performance Racing next year.
“Scotty will be our No.1 if you like and we will be able to announce another driver soon,” team owner Dick Johnson confirmed to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“We have a second license now and that is the way it needs to be.
“You need to have a two car deal in this sport to be any chance and we have that now.”
Pye’s teammate is expected to be David Wall, who has spent the last two seasons campaigning a Wilson Security-sponsored Holden with Brad Jones Racing.
DJR co-owner Brabeck owns Wilson Security, and the projected deal would be logical to unify his sponsorship commitments to a single team in 2014.