Newly-elected Supercars board member Rod Nash comes out of the shadows in a revealing discussion with Mark Fogarty about team ownership, the development of Tickford as a racing and automotive brand, the future of Ford in the series and the V8 debate in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #102.
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He is neither an extrovert entrepreneur nor a swaggering Supercars team owner. Rod Nash is more comfortable in the background and while you may have heard of him, it’s only in recent years that you’ve heard much from him.
Until Nash bought Ford Performance Racing (FPR) in partnership with fellow businessman racer Rusty French, he was something of a reclusive, avoiding media attention where possible.
He doesn’t stand out in a crowd but talk to him and it is clear he knows what he wants and how to get it. He made his fortune in vegetation-line maintenance – basically, cutting back trees from power lines – and that business continues to underpin his operations.
But Nash leaves its day-to-day operation to his management team while he runs the commercial operations of Tickford Racing and oversees its aligned performance road-car enhancement enterprise, Tickford.
Nash co-owns Tickford Racing with French and a minority shareholder, lawyer Sven Burchartz, who is also his partner in Tickford. In addition, he owns the Rod Nash Racing (RNR) #55 entry that runs Chaz Mostert under the Tickford umbrella.
His rise to prominence in the pitlane has brought Nash out of the shadows as Tickford has consolidated as a top-three team, winning the Supercars drivers’ championship with Mark Winterbottom in 2015 and emerging as a late challenger to fellow Ford team DJR Team Penske and Holden arch-rival Red Bull Holden Racing Team in 2017.
Nash has been further thrust into the spotlight by taking Triple Eight boss Roland Dane’s position on the Supercars board, joining Brad Jones as one of the two team representatives.
It may seem like Nash is a late-comer to V8 racing but he has been involved for almost 20 years, first as a journeyman driver and then an itinerant team owner. Rod Nash Racing had alliances with all sorts, including Peter Brock, Larry Perkins and Paul Morris, until joining the FPR fold in a customer car deal in 2010.
The #55 in its previous The Bottle-O Racing guise (transferred to Winterbottom in 2016) established RNR as a front-runner with Paul Dumbrell in 2011 and then David Reynolds, who finished close second at Bathurst in 2012 and third in the Supercars drivers’ championship in 2015.
Since Ford Australia withdrew its factory backing at the end of that year, Nash has been working with DJR Team Penske to convince the Blue Oval to support a switch to the iconic Mustang.
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