One of the most iconic brands in the modern history of V8 Supercar racing will return to the track this year alongside a couple of the biggest names in world motorsport.
Pirtek will be co-sponsor of the Red Bull Pirtek Commodore of two-time world MotoGP champion Casey Stoner.
Stoner, who retired from MotoGP racing at the end of last year, will drive a car entered by Triple Eight Race Engineering in the Dunlop V8 Series – the development category for the V8 Supercar championship.
The team and livery will be unveiled on Feb. 27 in Adelaide, just two days before Stoner makes his debut in the seven-round championship.
Pirtek has a long and successful partnership with Australian and New Zealand sporting teams, with their association with Marcos Ambrose and his 2003 and 2004 V8 Supercar championships two of the standouts, according to Pirtek Group General Manager, Stephen Dutton.
“We have always been keen to play a role in the development of young talent, whether that is in the general community or on the race track, football field, golf course or athletics track,” said Dutton. “Although Casey is a two-time world champion, he comes into this series as a rookie and we are excited to be a part of his entry into V8 Supercars with a successful team like Triple Eight and a co-sponsor with the profile of Red Bull.
“We have no on-track expectations given Casey’s V8 experience, but his work ethic, attitude and desire to be successful is a perfect fit for Pirtek and our franchisees and customers,” Dutton said.
Stoner, who won the world MotoGP title in 2007 and 2011, is looking forward to carrying the Pirtek colors, which were made famous on the race tracks of Australia.
“Red Bull have been long-time supporters of mine and it’s great they will be a part of this next phase of my career in partnership with Pirtek,” said Stoner. “Pirtek is really one of those iconic brands in Australia – especially when it comes to motorsport and success.
“I am not promising we can deliver what Marcos (Ambrose) did before heading off to NASCAR, but we will be trying to learn and develop as quickly as we can and see what that brings.”