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Thursday, 08 August 2019 17:41

DJR Team Penske: From salvation to domination

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Dick Johnson Racing stood on the brink of extinction entering 2013, facing mounting debts, a lack of sponsors and poor on-track results. Six years on, DJR Team Penske entered 2019 as the defending champions and has confirmed its place as the current powerhouse in Supercars.

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.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #112.

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.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #112 within Australia to read the feature.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
3872  
2. Shane van Gisbergen
3310 -562
3. Jamie Whincup
3208 -664
4. Fabian Coulthard
3058 -814
5. Chaz Mostert
2879 -993
6. David Reynolds
2694 -1178
7. Cameron Waters
2588 -1284
8. Will Davison
2495 -1377
9. Nick Percat
2445 -1427
10. Lee Holdsworth
2428 -1444

Full championship standings