Today Manheim is at Sandown Raceway, before the Sandown 500 race. We are to meet with DJR Penske to talk about the new sponsorship for the Gold Coast race with Sell My Car and Manheim.
Aaron: We are here at the Sandown race trackside with DJR Team Penske’s Fabian Coulthard, let’s talk about the race before it gets going. Fabian, your teaming up with Luke again, what’s your thoughts on the race beforehand?
Fabian: Ah look, I think it’s going to be good. It’s my fourth year in a row working with Luke, and we both been with a previous team but we both come to this team together, so Luke is a known quantity. We both like similar things with the car. The driver changer situation is pretty easy, he has a small seat inserted. Apart from that it’s pretty cruisey. So ah, I am looking forward to it, I reckon we will be in for a reasonable shot.
Aaron: And the the track conditions, Melbourne’s known for it’s bit of hear and there with the weather. It was a little bit wet the other day. What’s going to happen this weekend?
Fabian: Yeah look it’s always a bit iffy here. It’s four seasons in one day, that’s Melbourne, and you have got to come to expect that. You know for us, the conditions are way they are. If it rains it is the same for everybody. so we just need to maximise the car, to get on top of it the quickest to be the fastest. Yeah look we race against the elements at times so that is all part of it.
Aaron: So obviously, Sandown is the first of the endurance races, but to the Gold Coast. Do you have a favourite of the three?
Fabian: I think, you know the Pertec Enduro Cup is pretty special for the team, with the history we have had with the team. You know the history we have had with the team with Pertec. But you know everyone says Bathurst. Bathurst is definately an iconic event. You know it’s the holy grail. It’s like our grand final. The track, the facilities, it’s second to none. And as a driver, the elevation change, the speed, its everything you could ask for.
Aaron: Now you have the retro liveries this round here at Sandown. Can you tell us a bit about the liveries?
Fabian: Yeah, look we’re running iconic Penske livery. It was Roger’s first Indie car win with Mark Donohue in 1972. Obviously it’s the Sonoco special but have renamed it the Mighty Might Special. The number is Mark’s number that he ran it, in that Indie 500. It’s pretty special. To win 16 like he has that is a massive feet. So to be able to represent that team here at DJR Team Penske, with Mighty Might and the this particular car, it’s pretty special.
Aaron: So DJR Team Penske always have a great livery on the car. Now Gold Coast 600 is another livery. Have you had a bit of a look at it?
Fabian: I have had a little sneak peak, it’s a definitely different to what we had. It’s definitely going to stand out. Personally it’s one of my favourites. Looking forward to showing everybody on the streets of the Gold Coast and hopefully we can get a good result with it.
Aaron: One of the promotions we are running with it, is with our instant vehicle valuation, a giveaway so someone to come with their friend all the way to the Gold Coast 600 and come and see Team DJR Team Penske. We’re hoping the winners will come up and see you guys in the garage perhaps?
Fabian: Yeah for sure, it’s a great opportunity. It’s something that I take for granted, cause I am in and around it a heck of alot so to able to come in see the cars, touch the cars, open the door, put your head in and take photos, it’s a pretty unique experience, an opportunity of a lifetime. So, looking forward to seeing the winners from Sell My Car and hope we can give them an experience to remember.
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