Scott Pye joins Mobil1 HSV Racing in 2017 chasing his first Supercars race win after four seasons in the sport.
The up-and-comer has spent the last three years with the team now known as DJR Team Penske – though two of those years were unexpected, stepping back into the drivers’ seat in 2015 to replace Marcos Ambrose, and ’16 when the team expanded sooner than predicted to become a two-car group.
Pye came onto the Supercars scene in 2012 – part of an exciting Dunlop Series, he won the Mike Kable Young Gun Award for best first-year driver, clinching a breakthrough round win in the final event at Sydney Olympic Park and finishing runner-up to Scott McLaughlin in the overall point score.
Pye came up through the ranks of karting and Formula Ford, finishing third in the 2009 Australian Formula Ford Championship behind Nick Percat and Mitch Evans before heading overseas to race.
He claimed the 2010 British Formula Ford Championship with 14 race wins and stepped up to the cut-throat British Formula 3 Championship a year later.
He finished 10th overall in the points with a race win at Rockingham the major highlight, joining the likes of Mark Webber and Will Davison as Australian drivers to score a race win in the category that produced drivers the ilk of Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard.
The backing of Roland Dane and Triple Eight Race Engineering helped Pye with his overseas racing program and he returned in 2012 to Australia to drive the Monster Commodore in the Dunlop Series for the team.
His first year of main game with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport was tough, though a top 10 finish with Paul Morris was a highlight and enough to get him a gig with Dick Johnson Racing the following year.