Stanaway boasted an enviable record when he returned to Australia; he was German Formula 3 champion in 2011 before he suffered a back injury in 2012.
He overcame the injury and recorded race wins in the GP3 and GP2 Series, the latter now known as Formula 2, in 2015.
Stanaway also drove with Aston Martin from 2013 to 2017 in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
He returned to Australia in 2016, and performed strongly in a pair of PIRTEK Enduro Cups, winning the Sandown 500 alongside Cameron Waters in 2017.
Waters and Stanaway scored pole and victory at Sandown in 2017
His first full-time opportunity came with Tickford Racing for the 2018 season.
It was a difficult rookie season for Stanaway, finishing 25th in the standings with four retirements throughout the year.
He ended his contract with Tickford a year earlier than expected, and joined Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2019, where he recorded a career-best solo finish of ninth at the Auckland SuperSprint.
He also missed three events due to injury and was benched for the Gold Coast round for skipping an autograph session, before returning for Sandown and Newcastle.
Reportedly ‘on the fence’ about return as a co-driver for the 2020 season, he cited being a polarising figure in the Supercars paddock and among fans on social media, being part of his decision to step away.
“I remember going to Bathurst as a kid, just a fan, and ended up racing there.
“Being a full-time Supercars driver is a million miles ahead of where I ever dreamed I could have achieved.
“In some ways it’s exceeded my expectations, but then it’s hard not to be a little bit disappointed with not having quite the luck or the politics go my way to put me in the incubator that I need to reach my full potential.”