Long-standing Supercars Dunlop Series team Image Racing has secured two Car of the Future chassis for use in 2017, Image Racing team owner Terry Wyhoon announced today.
Image Racing has sourced the two VF Commodores through a commercial partnership with Dragon Motor Racing, which has run the two Garry Rogers Motorsport-built cars in this year’s Dunlop Series for James Golding and Richard Muscat.
Wyhoon said the alliance, combining Dragon Racing’s passion for motorsport and Image Racing’s experience and expertise in running the cars, will be a sensible arrangement for both parties.
“After more than a decade of racing, forming the partnership with Dragon and having the entire operation under one roof makes pure racing sense, especially given the current economic climate and lack of commercial partners,” Wyhoon said.
“We started talks with (Dragon owner) Tony Klein back in May and we agreed there were strong benefits for both of us.”
Image Racing will run both VF Commodores in next year’s Dunlop Series, while a third chassis will also be completed with the intention of running as a wild-card entry in next year’s Supercars endurance races.
The team will also retain its existing fleet of four “Project Blueprint”-spec cars – two ex-Stone Brothers Racing Ford FG Falcons and two Holden VE Commodores – which will continue to run in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series.
“By running a Kumho Series program as well as Dunlop Series cars the same spec as the vehicles that run in the main game, we’re well positioned to bring drivers through a development pathway and create career opportunities for them,” Wyhoon said.
“Tony has some bold plans for 2018 and beyond, which we look forward to revealing in the near future, and we’re very excited to be part of these plans.”
Image Racing’s next outing will be at this weekend’s final round of the 2016 Kumho Series at Sydney Motorsport Park, where it will run a Falcon for Tony Evangelou.
Other drivers to have raced for the Image Racing outfit in the past few years include Steve Owen, Jack Le Brocq, Dean Fiore and Ryal Harris.