Australian racing ace Marcos Ambrose and PIRTEK Fluid Transfer Solutions have “put the band back together” at Dick Johnson Racing.
PIRTEK was the naming rights sponsor on Ambrose’s car during his six seasons with Stone Brothers Racing in the V8 Supercar Championship Series (2000-2005). Ambrose won championships in 2003-04 in PIRTEK colors before heading to the U.S. at the end of the 2005 season to pursue a career in NASCAR.
The arrangement with PIRTEK encompasses Ambrose’s highly publicized V8 Supercars return at the NRMA Sydney 500 on Dec. 5-7. The PIRTEK branding on the DJR Ford’s headlights appeared for the first time today at a ride day at Lakeside Raceway in Queensland. No confirmation was made of an association between Pirtek and the new DJR Team Penske squad that will field Ambrose full time in 2015, although the company said “Any announcements regarding the new DJR Team Penske organization and PIRTEK in 2015 and beyond will be made at an appropriate time.”
“PIRTEK has obviously had some outstanding success with Marcos in V8 Supercars previously and we are looking forward to being involved with him on his return in Sydney next month,” said PIRTEK CEO, Stephen Dutton. “2015 also provides opportunity and we will continue to work through our options, but our first focus is Marcos in Sydney and what should be a terrific event with plenty of interest from sporting fans around the world.”
The arrangement with PIRTEK and DJR for Sydney joins with PIRTEK’s other sporting properties that includes Parramatta’s PIRTEK Stadium, the Brisbane Broncos (NRL), the Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League), the PIRTEK Fishing Challenge and the V8 Supercars’ PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
“PIRTEK has a terrific history in Australian sports, particularly V8 Supercars and we are delighted they have them part of the Sydney program with Marcos,” said Dick Johnson. “PIRTEK is a quality brand known the world over, especially in Australia, New Zealand and of course the United States, so it’s wonderful that we’re able to bring them on board for Marcos’ historic return to V8 Supercars.”
Ambrose, who finished his NASCAR season just Monday morning Australian time, is thrilled to have PIRTEK involved in his return to V8 Supercars.
“I guess you could say the ‘band is back together’ and I could not be happier,” said Ambrose. “The support of PIRTEK when I came into V8 Supercars as a rookie was humbling. PIRTEK and its franchise network really gave me my shot.
“I was able to reward them with a couple of Championships, but the friendships we forged in those years have been lasting and it terrific to come back to Australia and have them involved as we roll the truck out of the truck for the first time.”