Dick Johnson AM
Racing Legend & Co-Owner, Dick Johnson Racing
Chairman and CEO, Dick Johnson Racing
Anton De Pasquale
Driver, Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Driver, Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Dick Johnson is an icon of Australian Motorsport and one of the country’s most beloved sporting characters.
Dick’s racing career kicked off in 1964 when he took victory in his second ever race. In the 1970s he rose to prominence before exploding into the national consciousness at the 1980 Bathurst 1000. There, he hit the infamous rock while in the lead of ‘The Great Race’. Dick would go on to win three Bathurst 1000 titles and five Australian Touring Car Championships in a career that lasted over 30 years.
After his retirement from driving in 1999, Dick continued as the figurehead of Dick Johnson Racing – culminating in another Championship in 2010 for the prestigious organisation and the seventh for the team.
In late 2014, Johnson joined forces with Roger Penske to create DJR Team Penske, and together they returned the team to the top. Between 2015 and 2020 they won three Teams’ Championships and three back-to-back Drivers’ Championships with Scott McLaughlin.
In 2021, the team entered a new era with the team continuing as Dick Johnson Racing and two new drivers joining the stable.
Since Story took an ownership stake alongside Dick Johnson in 2013, he has successfully led the record-breaking, multi-championship winning Dick Johnson Racing squad.
Ryan was a pivotal figure in Roger Penske’s entry into Supercars and co-founded Dick Johnson Racing Team Penske in 2014 with Tim Cindric and Penske himself. Penske, an automotive, business and motorsport icon, was a recent recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in professional sport.
Under his leadership as Team Principal, the team has achieved immense success, having won three Teams Championships in 2017, 2019 and 2020 and three Drivers Championships in 2018, 2019 and 2020 with Scott McLaughlin.
Ryan founded his first company building and selling computers at the age of 12. His primary consulting company later specialised in data management and analysis for both political and commercial applications. Ryan and his companies have developed proprietary data management solutions, bespoke software, customer research and targeting programs as well as having licensed technology to both public and private sector clients.
After 20 years of working on campaigns across Australia and in the United States, Ryan retired from politics in early 2021, receiving a prestigious Meritorious Service Award.
Ryan has also worked extensively with Ford tuning legend Rob Herrod and Christopher Herrod on the Mustang R-Spec, the Dick Johnson Limited Edition and Scott McLaughlin SM17 Limited Edition Mustang packages.
In 2020 Ryan was appointed Chair of the Australian Motor Racing Commission, having previously served on the Supercars Commission.
Ryan’s greatest passion is philanthropy and using the race team as a platform for good. Ryan has collectively raised millions of dollars for many charities and other significant causes such as bushfire relief and supporting small businesses – particularly those within the motorsport community most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ryan serves as a director of non-profit Racing Together, whose mission is to create opportunities and pathways for young Indigenous Australians into motorsport and STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In 2021 the Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustangs sported Camp Quality, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Racing Together branding and participated in their major fundraising initiatives and activities.
Joining the Shell V-Power Racing Team in 2021, De Pasquale is highly regarded as a future star of Supercars.
Born and raised in Victoria, De Pasquale started his motorsport career riding dirt bikes and driving karts. He won the Australian National Sprint Kart Championship in 2011 before stepping up to race in the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2012. In just his second year racing Formula Ford at a national level, he claimed the championship title.
In 2014, he moved to Europe to race in the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Championship and again he dominated – taking out the Championship title in his first year. He raced a second season in Europe, this time in a Formula Renault 2.0, before moving home to Australia.
Upon his return, he competed in the Dunlop Super2 Series where he scored a podium position at his first Bathurst race. He also finished fourth in the Driver’s Championship in his second year in the category.
Having proved his on-track talent across multiple categories, he joined the Supercars Championship as a rookie in 2018 and scored his first race win at the Darwin Triple crown in 2020.
Heading into his fourth Supercars season in 2021, De Pasquale is hungry to become one of the sport’s best.
Having begun his full-time Supercars career with Dick Johnson Racing in 2006, Will Davison returned to the Queensland-based outfit in 2021.
Davison started his motorsport career in karts as a 10-year-old and proved his ability at an early age, winning multiple state and national karting titles.
He competed in the Victorian Formula Ford series in 2000, winning 11 out of 12 races including Bathurst. The same year, he took part in the National Formula Ford series and won four out of the eight rounds he contested. He placed sixth overall in the Championship having only competed in only half the series.
In 2001 Will raced full-time in the National series, and after a season-long battle with Will Power, and won the title with 15 race victories.
Davison headed to Europe where, in his first year of racing in the Formula Renault series, placed fourth overall. The following year, he raced in Formula 3 and impressively claimed three podiums and a race win.
He continued his already impressive career in Europe in 2004 as a test driver for the Minardi F1 team, and also competed in his first Bathurst 1000 back in Australia. His first full-time drive in Supercars came in 2005, and Davison quickly proved his ability in a supercar, finishing in the top 10 on debut at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
During Davison’s Supercars career, he has claimed 19 race wins (including the Bathurst 1000 in 2009 and 2016, and the Clipsal 500, Gold Coast 600 and Homebush in 2012), 17 pole positions (including the Bathurst pole position and the Pole Position Award in 2012), and 54 podiums. He was also awarded the coveted Barry Sheene Medal in 2009 when he finished runner-up in the Driver’s Championship.