PIRTEK Enduro Cup winner Steve Owen contested the 2018 long-distance races with Tickford Racing.
Having won the 2017 Enduro Cup with Chaz Mostert, he partnered rookie Richie Stanaway.
Owen joined Tickford as a co-driver in 2013, teaming with Will Davison that year, Mark Winterbottom in 2014 and '15, and Mostert in '16 and 17.
He first appeared as an endurance driver with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 1999, after finishing second in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.
It took until 2005 for Owen to nail down a full-time Supercars drive, with Britek, but even then he was forced to miss a handful of races.
He contested a pair of seasons with Rod Nash Racing, then headed back to the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2008, winning the title for the first time.
A second followed in 2010 with Greg Murphy Racing, making Owen one of only two multiple champions, Dean Canto the other.
That year, Owen really stamped his credentials as Jamie Whincup’s endurance co-driver at TeamVodafone.
The duo took pole at Phillip Island – the then-500km pre-cursor to Bathurst – finished runners-up at Mount Panorama and won on the Gold Coast.
Those results helped propel Owen back into a full-time drive after three years out, in 2011 with Paul Morris Motorsport and '12 with a four-car Dick Johnson Racing.
He was then a key part of Tickford's enduro program through to 2018, winning the Sandown 500 in '15 with Winterbottom and a leg of the '17 Gold Coast 600 with Mostert.