For De Pasquale, that came with a desire to steer a DJR-prepared Mustang for the first time, with Shell Fords the dominant force on the grid since 2017.
"You watch Scotty and Fabs winning all those races, getting poles pretty much every other day," said De Pasquale, who competed in the likes of Formula Renault 1.6 NEC and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 overseas.
"You always go, 'Oh, I want to know what that feels like, I want to know what that car feels like'.
"All those things which us as race drivers always want to know, the grass is always greener.
"The first time I drove the car was pretty good, it did everything I expected it to do.
"It was different to what I have had my whole Supercar career. Still a lot to go, but so far, so good."
This weekend's Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint marks another key litmus test for De Pasquale, whose best finish at the Melbourne circuit ninth in the 2018 qualifying race.
Armed with a weekend of experience with his new team at the championship's most difficult circuit, De Pasquale expects more gains at Sandown after a weekend of improvements in Bathurst.
"We rolled out at Bathurst and we were pretty competitive," he said.
De Pasquale and Davison form an all-new driver line-up
"We weren't as quick as everyone is race trim, but in qualy trim, we were in contention for pole both days.
"When you roll out, you're always optimistic, the first couple of laps you're pushing and hoping it's doing amazing things.
"It wasn't that good on Friday, we struggled, me and Will were both just in the 10; new tyres, we were a fair bit off the pace.
"Overnight, we tuned it up and were on provisional pole that morning.
"The car was better and we made a good gain."
The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to Victoria this weekend the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint. Tickets are on sale now.