Former V8 Supercar champion Marcos Ambrose will return to Australia in 2015 as part of a new partnership between Dick Johnson Racing and the US 'Team Penske' outfit.
Revealed just hours after confirming the end of his NASCAR career, the announcement of Ambrose’s return to V8 Supercars comes 10 years on from his 2004 championship win in the local series.
“I realise the series and the car is different than it was 10 years ago, but I am confident in what I’ve accomplished and what I’m capable of. I believe in what I can do in the future,” Ambrose said in a statement today.
“The US and NASCAR have been very good to my family and me, but my goal has always been to give my daughters a chance to grow up with family and experience the home I love while they are still young. We are ready to take on this new venture.”
Ambrose’s return to the domestic series will be a welcome one for fans. The Launcestonian won 28 races out of 65 rounds between 2001 and 2005, claiming the 2003 and 2004 titles in the process.
Today’s announcement coincides with news that local legend Dick Johnson will partner with trucking magnate and racing icon Roger Penske to contest the 2015 championship under the ‘DJR Team Penske’ banner.
Penske’s entry into the V8 Supercar series follows the launch of his company’s truck rental business in Australia, which is also expected to fund the new racing venture.
“We believe in building our businesses through racing and our success on the track," Penske said.
"With our new business ventures in Australia, it makes sense to showcase our brands through the V8 Supercars Championship and the opportunity to work with DJR and Marcos Ambrose convinced us to go forward."
"I have always admired what Roger Penske has accomplished in business and with his racing teams and it will be a thrill to work with Team Penske and Marcos in 2015."
The partnership could prove a powerful one, with Team Penske boasting 400 race wins and a massive 26 championship titles, while Johnson and his outfit boast 80 race wins and seven Touring Car and V8 Supercar titles over a 35 year racing and team history.