For a truck maker that stayed away from car racing sponsorships for a long time, it seems market leader Isuzu is warming to the sport that so many in the truck industry embrace.
After having a place on the Tickford Mustang of Jack Le Brocq for the past two years, Isuzu have jumped on board with the rapidly improving Walkinshaw Andretti United in an official sponsorship for the 2022 Supercars Championship, in conjunction with NTI Truck Assist.
“Many of our customers and the wider Isuzu family follow the Supercars championship closely each year,” commented John Walker, Isuzu’s head of marketing and customer experience.
“What better way for us to show our interest and support by getting out there and being a part of something that’s near and dear to them?
“It will be great to see the Isuzu Trucks logo back on the track— and it’s a privilege to be in such capable hands with Nick Percat and Chaz Mostert behind the wheel in 2022 at Walkinshaw Andretti United.”
Walkinshaw Andretti United Racing was formerly the Holden Racing Team starting in 1990 until the team lost the endorsement as the Holden factory team. Despite its travails of the last few years, the Walkinshaw team holds a revered place in the history of Australian Supercars and has been on the road back thanks to additional investment from new team partners Michael Andretti and McLaren boss Zac Brown, with Mostert winning the latest Bathurst 1000 in December last year.
The team’s track record includes six Touring Car/SupercarDriver’s Championships, five Team’s Championships, and including last year’s win, eight Bathurst 1000 victories.
Team Principal for Walkinshaw Andretti, Bruce Stewart, said that he was especially proud to partner with Isuzu Trucks, who have been so highly visible and recognised in the paddock.
“Walkinshaw Andretti have been, on a constant journey of improvement both on and off the road and it is, ‘great to partner with a constantly improving brand who are on the same path,” Stewart said.
“We have two A-grade drivers this year, poised to compete for championships and silverware and we’re all looking forward to sharing the spoils with Isuzu.”
Isuzu branding will feature on the Number 2 Commodore of Nick Percat, who is returning to the team for the first time since 2013.
Chaz Mostert will also be flying Isuzu colours on his Number 25 Commodore.
“This year’s sponsorship holds special meaning for Isuzu Trucks, coinciding with the brand’s 50th year of operation in Australia,” said John Walker.
“If the team can retain the magic of last year’s Bathurst 1000 victory, it will just make it all the more special for Isuzu as we celebrate this major brand milestone,” he said.
“We know they’ve put in the hard work in training, so we are excited for a huge season of racing. Bring it on!”
Marking the 24th season of the Supercars Championship, the first calendar race is set for the Sydney Supernight at Sydney Motorsport Park starting 05-06 March 2022.