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 back to one car in 2015 as Roger Penske and his team embarked on a V8 Supercars learning curve. Marcos Ambrose was a Top 10 Qualifier in the very first race at the Clipsal 500 and Penske saw first-hand the competitive nature of the series.

But after the early 2015 races, Ambrose put his hand up and took a back seat to try and bring the team on to the level he believed it should be. Scott Pye, who had been signed as a co-driver with Ambrose, took over driving duties. The new look DJR Team Penske made significant progress during the year and scored its first podium at the New Zealand round. Ambrose was in the car for the Endurance Races with Scott and after a very competitive showing at Bathurst, Team Penske made the decision to expand the Australian team to two cars.

In 2016, Fabian Coulthard was signed to partner Scott Pye in the team and the steady improvement demonstrated in 2015 was highlighted at the Clipsal 500 where Coulthard and Pye both scored Pole Positions.