Shell Returns

In 2017, Shell returned as the major sponsor of DJR Team Penske, now known as the Shell V-Power Racing Team. Young kiwi racer Scott McLaughlin joined the team alongside countryman Fabian Coulthard, and success immediately followed, with the team’s first race wins since the DJR and Team Penske partnership began. All up, 2017 would see […]

DJR and Team Penske Become One

The big news in late 2014 was the investment by Roger Penske in DJR. The team took the chance to run a wildcard entry at the Sydney 500 and the series welcomed back two time champion Marcos Ambrose for a one off 2014 drive before launching the full team in early 2015. The team scaled […]

Expansion and the Introduction of the Car of the Future

2012 saw DJR expand to a four car operation with Steve Johnson and James Moffat piloting the Jim Beam cars and Dean Fiore and Steve Owen joining the team. The season proved a big jump for the team with Johnson the best place finisher in 17th place at the end of the season. In 2013 […]

A Championship is Won

In 2010 James Courtney and Steven Johnson once again drove for the team with continued support from Jim Beam, however, a third entry was entered by Tekno Autosports as a customer, to be driven by Jonathon Webb, with backing from Mother. Throughout the season, James Courtney was successful taking victories at Queensland Raceway, Winton Motor […]

DJR Team Mates are Born and the Team Goes Beam

The season ended well for Dick Johnson Racing, with Steve finishing in 9th position in the drivers’ standings, Will finishing 19th in a very promising rookie year and the team completed the year in 6th place, ahead of several other high profile teams. 2007 was a turning point for Dick Johnson Racing with Jim Beam […]

Self Sponsored

In 2006, DJR embarked on one of the boldest journeys in the team’s history. With the formation of Dick Johnson’s own business ventures, FirstRock Mortgage Centre and V8 Telecom, the team was ‘self sponsored’ with regards to naming rights for the very first time. The number 17 car, backed by FirstRock Mortgage Centre was piloted […]

Steven Johnson Takes #17 into the New Millennium

The start of the new millennium heralded the beginning of a new generation in the Shell Helix Racing Team; with Steven Johnson taking over the famous number 17 Falcon from his retiring father. After a full season behind the wheel, Paul Radisich had come to terms with the feel of the V8 and the circuits […]

Dick Retires

The last year of the 20th Century also marked the retirement of the great man himself, Dick Johnson, who chose to share his final race with son, Steven. The pair staged a memorable assault on The Mountain, fighting for the lead throughout the race before eventually finishing in fourth place.

John Bowe Says Goodbye

Not long after, John Bowe rocked the motor racing world by announcing that after 11 years he was leaving DJR to start afresh with another team. After an exhaustive search, two-time World Cup Touring Car Championship, Paul Radisich, was announced as his replacement. 1999 proved to be a difficult year for the team. Between coping […]

A Father/Son Combination

For the first time in 11 years, Johnson and Bowe did not team up for the endurance events, Bowe sharing the number 18 car with Cameron McConville, while the father/son combination of Dick and Steven Johnson shared the other Falcon. Apart from a third place at Sandown for the Bowe/McConville combination, the team’s run of […]