Penrite Racing unveils striking new black look
Team to be led in 2024 by Kiwi duo Matt Payne and Richie Stanaway
Stanaway returns full-time in 2024 with Grove squad
Penrite Racing has unveiled a striking new black look for the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship, which will be carried by Matt Payne and star recruit Richie Stanaway.
The Grove-owned squad revealed its new livery at Penrite Oil's headquarters in Melbourne on Saturday, with hundreds of fans turning out for a special launch event.
Payne, last year's VAILO Adelaide 500 winner, is joined at the team by reigning Repco Bathurst 1000 winner Stanaway, who returns to the full-time fold.
Stanaway completes the only all-New Zealand line-up on the grid, with the Bathurst winner set to chase the championship in his first full-time season since 2019.
Payne, meanwhile, returns for a second season after impressing in his rookie campaign, which was rounded out by a crushing victory on the streets of Adelaide.
Both Penrite Mustangs will carry major support from Ford, Steadfast, NED, Gates, and Apex Steel.
The #19 and #26 Fords will also feature backing from Velocity Truck Centre, Snap-On, Graphic Art Mart, ACL, Raceline, Tree Clean Up Specialists, Autodesk, Pacific Ears, Topo, Unox, UCC Coffee, Ryco, Octane, Feetures, Nu-Pure, Authentic Collectables, Coregas, OMP, Dasher & Fisher, Mechanix, Alspec, D&M Flooring and Windows, Infrabuild, and Haymes Paint.
The 2024 season is the third for the squad under full Grove ownership, with the team hitting victory lane twice last season courtesy of Payne in Adelaide and David Reynolds on the Gold Coast.
"This year's livery is the most exciting yet. I believe it showcases our ambitions for success and is a nice evolution of Penrite Racing liveries in the past," CEO Brenton Grove said.
"The team has worked extremely hard over the summer break, and with our new driver Richie Stanaway together with Matt Payne who finished the year strong winning the Adelaide 500, we're eager to get started and achieve even more this season. Anything is possible in 2024."
Team Owner Stephen Grove added: "I am super thrilled to kick off the 2024 Supercars season and build on the momentum of 2023.
"The new car livery continues our journey and truly tells the story of our partners' commitment to the team. It is important that we continue to build on our success for all our stakeholders and make all our partners and fans proud."
Grove Racing has also embarked on a major redevelopment of its workshop, and has also competed work on Stanaway's brand-new car.
"It is fantastic to see the covers come off our 2024 Penrite Racing Mustangs," Team Principal David Cauchi said.
"The team has done an incredible job preparing a brand-new car for Richie in #26 and completely rebuilding the #19 Mustang for Matt.
"I want to thank all our 2024 partners for their support. The cars certainly look impressive, and we can’t wait to go racing with them."
"It's awesome to finally unveil the Penrite Racing livery for 2024 at the Penrite headquarters," Payne said.
"I really love the sleek design for this year, and I can't wait to showcase it on the track and make our partners and fans proud. Looking forward to cutting our first laps of the year in a few weeks at the Bathurst 500."
"The new livery is not just a design; it represents a shared vision and determination among the team," Stanaway said.
"Together, we are ready for the upcoming season and want to make it a memorable one for Penrite Racing."
Payne and Stanaway will test at Winton Motor Raceway on Wednesday February 7, with Stanaway shaking down his new car a day earlier.