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you can get an upper hand with the Mustang in
We have great people. I think that you’ve seen that as
we’ve been able to gel together as a squad. I think the
one thing that’s different with this team than my others
ones, including my Development Series career, was we
just all get along. There’s no back-stabbing, nothing like
that. Everyone really enjoys themselves and wants the
same thing, and whether that’s car #12 helping us out
for the championship or the other way around if it ever
happens, we’re right on it.
That’s what you see with Triple Eight. They’re a hungry
team that want to get stuff done, and I think that you’ll
see our two teams always fighting, along with, say, an
Erebus that I reckon is going to pop up over the next
couple years, which is even better for the sport.
Is it disappointing to lose the teams’ championship
and the number-one and number-two garages?
We want to win the teams’ championship and be at the
front, but to be still right near the front is our goal and
we’re still second. If we had a bit more luck with car #12
who knows where we would have finished? I think the
garage position does matter a little bit, probably more
so in qualifying than the race, though.
Can we just quickly map your Supercars journey?
I remember you getting in the car for your first
solo main-game race in Sydney 2012, something
you hadn’t really planned for. Then there was
THE FALCON’S 17
1973 Allan Moffat XY Falcon GTHO Phase III
1976 Allan Moffat
XB Falcon GT
1977 Allan Moffat
XB Falcon GT/XC GS
1981 Dick Johnson*
1982 Dick Johnson*
1984 Dick Johnson*
1993 Glenn Seton
1995 John Bowe*
1997 Glenn Seton
2003 Marcos Ambrose
2004 Marcos Ambrose
2005 Russell Ingall
2008 Jamie Whincup
2009 Jamie Whincup
2010 James Courtney*
2015 Mark Winterbottom
FG X Falcon
2018 Scott McLaughlin*
FG X Falcon
*Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske’s championship winners
your almost immediate success with Garry Rogers
Motorsport before the move to DJR Team Penske.
How do you reflect on that journey?
Garry Rogers has done more for my career than anyone
else has done prior to that. I learned a lot with Garry and
we worked hard with the Holden and the Volvo.
I had to make a tough decision to leave a team that
was almost my family. It was very hard, but I had a great
opportunity in front of me and I think as a driver you are
always looking for ways to improve. So far so good, but
the problem is you just keep wanting more. We won one
championship and now want to keep winning them and
make sure that we’re cemented at the top of Supercars
with DJR Team Penske.
Have you put any thought into that part of the
It’s a tough thing, like Richmond in the AFL or any other
sport, teams struggle to go back to back. It’s probably
harder than winning the first one. I think the biggest
thing is just trying to have that want to do it.
We’ve got the Mustang this year, which has given us
a lot of motivation to come out and try and be really
strong, and I’m excited about it. I think we’ve got a really
good opportunity to have a big crack again at the cham-
pionship and we need to make the most of it.
Then again, it’s important to reset your goals, figuring
out what you learned and where we can improve, and
we’ll work on all of that.
Winning the championship means your world has
changed whether you like it or not. Do you think
it’s going to open up a few doors to drive a Team
Penske NASCAR on one of the road courses in
America, things like that? Are there possibilities
that are opening up now?
Roger and those guys know what I want to do with my
career and what I would love to try and drive. I love being
a Supercars driver and I’ll just keep working on what
I’m doing. Obviously winning the championship doesn’t
hurt, but I’ll just keep doing the best job I can, and if the
opportunity comes to try something else I’ll do it if I can.
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