Volvo Polestar Racing, the squad formerly known as Garry Rogers Motorsport, will enjoy the naming rights backing of Valvoline as the Swedish carmaker gets set to return to the Australian touring car scene this year.
The oil and lubricant company has been an ongoing sponsor of the team since it made its debut in the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1996. Valvoline served as the team’s primary sponsor until the end of the 2012 season, scaling back to the role of minor sponsor when Fujitsu came on board.
But with the Japanese electronics firm announcing its time in the V8 Supercars Championship had come to an end at the conclusion of the 2013 season, that paved the way for Valvoline to return to the position of title sponsor.
The team will be known as both Valvoline Racing GRM and Volvo Polestar Racing.
“Valvoline have shared our wins and our success and have also been with us through some tough times,” team principal Garry Rogers said in today’s announcement.
“For myself to continue the relationship with the lubricant brand that is so recognisable the world over in motorsport is extremely satisfying.
“The Valvoline brand has been in existence for over 100 years. Not many companies can boast this type of history.”
The team will field a pair of purposebuilt Volvo S60 racers for Scott McLaughlin and Swedish veteran Robert Dahlgren, whose appointment was confirmed just last week.