Scott Pye joined Mobil 1 HSV Racing in 2017, and stays on as the Holden squad becomes Walkinshaw Andretti United with its new international partners.
In a difficult season for the team as it lost factory backing, Pye led the way in the championship, finishing 12th and well clear of experienced team-mate James Courtney.
The South Australian spent the previous three years with what is now DJR Team Penske.
Two of those campaigns were unexpected, though; stepping back in to replace Marcos Ambrose in early 2015, and ’16 when it expanded sooner than predicted to become a two-car group.
Pye came onto the Supercars scene in 2012 within an exciting Dunlop Super2 Series as he returned to Australia from Europe.
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 progressed through the ranks of karting and Formula Ford, finishing third in the 2009 Australian Formula Ford Championship behind Nick Percat and Mitch Evans.
Moving to the UK, 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 in the points with a race win at Rockingham the major highlight, joining the likes of Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo 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 Super2 for the team.
His first year of main game with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport was tough, though a top 10 finish at Bathurst with Paul Morris was a highlight in 2013 and enough to get him a gig with Dick Johnson Racing the following year.