Dick Johnson reveals ‘special’ bond with Roger Penske
Dick Johnson – his name is synonymous with Supercars folklore but watching Scott McLaughlin charge to championship victory at the Newcastle 500 was something special not only for him – but for co-owner Roger Penske.
McLaughlin won his first Supercars Drivers Championship after finishing Race 31 in second ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen in fourth.
It was an eventful win for the team after Van Gisbergen initially won Race 30 ahead of McLaughlin – after the latter began to run out of fuel late in the race – allowing the 888 racer to cut the Championship gap to just two points.
However, a pit lane penalty handed down to Van Gisbergen gave McLaughlin his ninth race win of the season and a 53 point lead heading into the finale.
But more importantly, it was Johnson’s first victory since Team Penske bought into the organisation.
“Obviously a lot of structure and things like that and certainly the one thing Roger puts at the top of the list is presentation,” Johnson said.
“He always said to us ‘if you get the presentation right everything else will follow’.
“He’s 100% right because we’ve done that all year, we’ve won the best presented team, obviously Scotty got the people’s choice in the way the driver goes.
“But the thrill Roger Penske gets out of winning is something – you have to see it to believe it.
“He’s a really dedicated person who enjoys Motorsport.
“He said to me yesterday, this is one of the most special occasions or meetings or races or championships we’ve ever won, it meant a lot.”
It was the eighth Drivers Championship for Dick Johnson’s organisation, while for McLaughlin he avenged a late devastating defeat to Jamie Whincup last season.
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