Rick Kelly has tasted success at the highest level in Supercars – as both a driver and team owner.
The now-Nissan driver won the 2006 Supercars Championship, to go with back-to-back Bathurst 1000 victories with Greg Murphy in ’03 and ’04.
Running his own team under the Nissan Motorsport banner with older brother Todd, Kelly is hoping to not only take his squad to the top, but bring his own racing fortunes back to the forefront.
After beginning in karts and following in the wheel tracks of Todd in Formula Ford, Rick clinched the Australian Drivers Championship in Formula Holden in 2001 and made his Supercars debut in the same year for Kmart Racing.
Stepping into the Holden Young Lions program, Kelly was Rookie of the Year in 2002 and took over Todd's seat at Kmart Racing for the following season, culminating with his first Bathurst wins.
In 2006 he was in true championship form and his consistency was unbeatable.
Despite only winning one individual race all season, Kelly took the title in controversial circumstances after a last-race clash with Craig Lowndes at Phillip Island.
Kelly continued under the Walkinshaw Racing umbrella in 2007 and ’08 before Kelly Racing was formed.
In Holdens, he took three wins for the team in 2011, before it welcomed Nissan to the championship in ’13.
While progress with the Altima has been hard-earned, Kelly remains a strong contender in Supercars.