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only way to describe her. It’s a match made in heaven.
When she joined the series we had our little chats. From
the very first time I met her I knew that at some point
I’d be driving for her. I didn’t think it’d happen with the
next contract. But I’ve enjoyed every moment since I
joined and I’m there for life. I’ve said I don’t want to go
anywhere else. Doesn’t matter if DJR Team Penske or
Triple Eight offered me a deal, I wouldn’t take it.
No, I wouldn’t leave.
So forget the zany person we see on TV, what’s
Betty really like?
As a team owner she always has everyone’s best inter-
ests at heart. She’s also a very positive person. If we’ve
had a terrible day, she’ll say, “Don’t worry.” She always
puts things in perspective. Betty backs her staff and
that’s what you want from a team owner. She’s very
easy to deal with. She’s fun, she makes racing enjoyable.
Most of all, though, she has a big heart and she’s like
my racing mother. Betty’s awesome. And another thing,
she’s really good with the fans. That’s unusual for a team
owner. She really cares about the fans.
Anton De Pasquale is doing well in his rookie
season and you seem to enjoy having a fast
I don’t mind that at all. He’s a very good driver. We
wouldn’t have signed him if we didn’t believe in his abil-
ity. I actually like helping him because it kind of helps me.
He can try different stuff with the car and then report
back to the whole group, and his feedback is very good.
It’s really handy. Do I feel threatened by him? Not really.
If he beats me it’s good for the team. I like working with
him, he’s good. Does he influence my pace? I don’t think
so. I go out there and try to beat everyone, not just him.
Him being quick helps push the whole team forward.
Most of the time he’s learning from me because I have
more experience. But he’s not far behind me.
Assuming you pick up some more wins along the
way, what’s the future for you and the ‘shoey’?
If you win you do it. It’s only for winners, not losers
who come second or third. But I’d like to come up with
something new. I just haven’t put much thought into
it yet. Everyone should do something different to cel-
ebrate when they win. I love it.
No matter how much success you have, will you
promise to keep being crazy?
I’ll get worse. The more confidence I get, the sillier I’ll
behave. I’m not going to tone it down. It gets me in trou-
ble, but I don’t mind getting in shit for a bit of a laugh.
Not at all. I’ve been doing that since I was at school. It’s
just who I am.
Do you regret any of the things you’ve said?
Nup, not at all.
So you’re still not going to stop before you think,
Oh, I think the older I get the wiser I become. Sounds
strange coming from me, I know. It’s a matter of scale.
But I like to think I’ll still stay pretty much the same.
Fast and funny?
That’s all I’m trying to be. At the end of the day racing’s
entertainment. It’s a real sport but it’s also entertain-
ment. If everyone was boring as batshit no one would
watch. People like to follow personalities. One of my
favourite characters in the sport was Murph.
He was just angry.
I know, but I loved it. He was a good character, so con-
troversial. I think that’s fantastic. Don’t be afraid to
stand for something.
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is coming up.
It’s tough to go back-to-back there, so will you be
in the mix again?
Damn straight we’re in the mix. We’re contenders. We
have the new car, we’re on the same tyre, our setup
shouldn’t change that much from last year, when we
had one of the fastest cars in qualifying and in the race.
It should actually be easier. Generally it’s not, though.
It never works out that way, but of course we’re going
there to win. We’ve done it once. We know we can do it.
Luke’s still a very, very competent driver, very fast. He’s
brilliant for our team.
“HE’S A VERY GOOD DRIVER. WE WOULDN’T
HAVE SIGNED HIM IF WE DIDN’T BELIEVE
IN HIS ABILITY. I ACTUALLY LIKE HELPING
HIM BECAUSE IT KIND OF HELPS ME.”
REYNOLDS ON ANTON DE PASQUALE
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