Penske still pondering over Australian Supercar V8 assault

From Australian V8 Supercar series

Tim Cindric, president of Penske Racing, has conceded a presence on the V8 Supercars grid in 2015 is now “difficult but not impossible”.

Penske’s investment in truck distribution in Australia and New Zealand is the catalyst for its examination of involvement in V8 Supercars.

Cindric reaffirmed the operation’s desire to race V8 Supercars and also confirmed an alliance with Dick Johnson Racing remains its preferred option.

The entry of the American team, which races in both NASCAR and Verizon IndyCar and is owned by motor racing legend Roger Penske, has been widely anticipated for 2015 since Cindric visited the 2013 Sydney 500 and news broke of negotiations with DJR.

“Is it (2015) realistic or not? We have had a lot shorter timelines on other programs,” Cindric told v8supercars.com.au.

“It’s difficult but not impossible.”

V8 Supercars Australia Melbourne start

Start of the Melbourne race. (Photo: V8 Supercars)

Cindric said there was no “defined deadline” for a decision on 2015 Penske presence on the V8 Supercars grid.

Roger Penske and Tim Cindric visited DJR in June, met almost the entire team.

Cindric made it clear the recent departure of DJR sporting director Campbell Little, who he has formed a strong friendship with, was not relevant to any potential Penske-DJR deal.

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