One of only two repeat champions in the history of the Dunlop Series, Steve Owen has been around Supercars racing for over a decade.
He first appeared as an endurance driver with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 1999 at Bathurst, but it took until 2005 for him to nail down a full-time drive in the V8 Supercars Championship with Britek Motorsport and, even then, he was forced to miss a handful of races due to grid capacity issues.
Owen, who won the Dunlop Series in 2008 and again in 2010, really stamped his credentials down during a stint as Jamie Whincup’s endurance co driver at TeamVodafone in 2010.
The duo took pole at Phillip Island – the then-500km pre-cursor to Bathurst – finished runners-up at Mount Panorama and then won on the Gold Coast, and it was those results that helped propel Owen back into a full-time drive in Supercars for the first time since 2007.
In 2011 he drove in the colours of V.I.P. Petfoods under the REC (Racing Entitlements Contract) owned by Paul Morris, as part of an expanded four-car squad at Dick Johnson Racing, following the merger of Paul Morris Motorsports with DJR.
It was that year he was involved in one of the biggest accidents in recent times of V8 Supercars, hitting the stalled Commodore of Karl Reindler on the start line at Barbagallo Raceway, which saw Reindler’s car burst into flames.
Owen finished 17th in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship and 20th in 2012’s points.
He joined Prodrive as a co-driver in 2013, teaming with Will Davison (2013), Mark Winterbottom (2014/15) and Chaz Mostert (2016 and again in 2017).