SupercarXtra Magazine looks at the latest remarkable comeback of a team that built its legend on fighting back from adversity in the cover story of issue #112.
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The legend of Dick Johnson and Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske was born with the championship and Bathurst double in 1981, a year after the devastation of crashing out of Bathurst after hitting a rock while leading.
It wouldn’t be the last adversity they faced, with even more remarkable and complex fightbacks over the coming years.
DJR Team Penske now stands on the brink of a record-breaking championship win in 2019.
The team will become the most successful in terms of drivers’ championships won, moving to nine, one ahead of current rival Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Also, in the process, it will become the first team to win championships with three different car models – the Falcon, Sierra and Mustang.
It’s remarkable to think, then, that Johnson’s team was almost lost to Supercars just six years ago, the trough of a 10-year period in which it went from champions to also-rans and near financial collapse to champions again and the current powerhouse outfit.
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