Supercars team bosses back Indigenous race team

Two top Supercars team bosses and a former Bathurst 1000 winner have combined to help put an Australian Indigenous racing team on track this year.

Supercars team bosses back Indigenous race team

Triple Eight Race Engineering managing director Roland Dane, Dick Johnson Racing chairman Ryan Story and former race driver and Paul Morris Motorsports owner Paul Morris have been appointed directors of the new Racing Together initiative.

Racing Together was launched in 2020 to create a pathway into professional or amateur motorsport for boys and girls of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

It intends to field a team in the Series X3 Queensland Championship for Hyundai Excels from later this month.

Dane, Story and Morris are the latest high profile names to back the bid joining existing directors, former RACQ CEO Ian Gillespie AM, Formula 1 steward Garry Connelly AM and Monique Connelly.

Racing Together, supported by Motorsport Australia, has drawn 10 participants initially from the Logan area, south of Brisbane, but intends to create similar opportunities in other states in coming seasons.

Its creator Connelly believes the addition of three of Australian motorsport’s biggest players will provide unrivalled experienced and motivation for the new Racing Together team.

“These young people are just starting out, but will benefit from the advice and encouragement of some of the very top names in Australian motor-racing,” said Connelly.

“We’re very grateful that Roland, Ryan and Paul have agreed to contribute their time and experience.”

Morris, who won the 2014 Bathurst 1000 alongside Chaz Mostert, has provided workshop space at his Norwell Motorplex facility to build the team’s first Excel, and will offer on-track training for 17-year-old driver Braeydn Cidoni.

“Racing Together has created the first proper pathway for motor-racing. Motor-racing develops tangible skills that will stay with these young people throughout their journey through life,” said Morris.

“I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge with this enthusiastic Racing Together team as they compete on the track and develop their race car and life skills in the workshop.”

Dane, whose Triple Eight workshop installed the roll cage in the car, is honoured to be part of the project.

“I’m honoured and excited to have been asked to sit on the board of Racing Together. Garry and Monique are superbly positioned to bring their years of experience in the sport at an international level to bear in this great project,” said Dane.

“I’m really looking forward to helping them make a difference and open doors into motorsport at all levels for the young Indigenous community.”

DJR’s Ryan Story added: "Joining Racing Together’s board is a great honour. Garry and Monique Connelly have founded a tremendous organisation and its burgeoning team of young racers hit the track for the first time only a few weeks ago.

“The responsibility to make motorsport as inclusive as possible and creating opportunities for young First Nations people not only in motorsport, but also in STEM, is something that is at the very heart of Racing Together and the priority of myself and my fellow directors."

The team’s first outing is set to be the opening round of the Series X3 Queensland Championship at Warwick’s Morgan Park circuit on 27-28 March.

shares
comments

Related video

Power was turned down by Ganassi
Previous article

Power was turned down by Ganassi

Next article

Reynolds may race nitro funny car

Reynolds may race nitro funny car
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020