During the launch of Nissan Altima V8 Supercars backed by Jack Daniel’s and Norton, Nissan executives and drivers from the two teams spoke out about the unveiling event.
WILLIAM F PEFFER JR – Managing Director and CEO, Nissan Motor Co. Australia: “Last October we unveiled the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar but today, we’re unveiling the Nissan Motorsport team,” said William F Peffer Jr.
“Nissan has a raft of new models soon to be released in Australia, including the all-new Altima sedan.
“The 2013 V8 Supercar Championship is an important part of the Nissan Altima’s marketing strategy. Australian new car buyers will have an entire year to get to know the Altima name and shape before it goes on sale later this year.
“The V8 Supercar Championship is also a great environment to showcase our brand and the innovation and excitement Nissan seeks to deliver.
“2013 is guaranteed to be an exciting year for the sport of V8 Supercars, and especially for Nissan Motorsport.”
JEFF FISHER – General Manager – Motorsport, Nissan Motor Co. Australia: “The Nissan Motorsport team has accomplished a herculean task in getting four Nissan Altimas and several V8 alloy VK56 race engines ready for this weekend’s test,” said Jeff Fisher.
“When we turn the first wheel at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in a few weeks’ time, the eyes of the Nissan world will be upon us. Everyone is fascinated.
“It’s been 20 years since we raced. Winning will be quicker.”
MATTHEW DRAKE – Senior Director for Pacific, Norton by Symantec: “This will be our sixth consecutive year supporting V8 Supercars, and to have two new Nissans in Norton livery reflects our commitment to the sport and the fans, who so passionately follow the series,” said Matthew Drake.
“We are very excited about the partnership with Nissan Motorsport and we enter the 2013 V8 season with a shared objective to deliver outstanding results on the track, and to activate our sponsorship off the track.”
MARSHALL FARRER – Managing Director, Brown-Forman Australia & New Zealand: “The move to Nissan for the Jack Daniel’s Racing team is significant and, first and foremost, we now have the potential to consistently field a very competitive product on the track day in and day out,” said Marshall Farrer.
“It’s the first year for all teams in respect to the Car of the Future, so it’s a bit of a clean slate. There are some strong teams out there that have performed well in recent years, but we now have impressive new technology via Nissan and probably the best engineering team behind Jack Daniel’s Racing, so our expectations for the season are high.”
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima: “In these situations at the start of a year, especially when you have to build all new cars and new team, you never really realise what you’ve achieved, and you don’t really feel what you’ve entered into until you pull the covers of the car at the launch every year,” said Todd Kelly.
“To pull the covers off the car and see the Jack Daniel’s signage, with all the drivers standing there in their Sunday shirts for the first time and the actual car in its livery, especially with the Nissan badge, really hits home.
“To realise the great drivers and great sponsors we’ve got and also that we’re officially a factory team, I think that will really hit us all hard and I think everyone is quite proud.”
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima: “For me personally the launch of the new Jack Daniel’s Racing livery is a very exciting time,” said Rick Kelly.
“Over the last 12 months we’ve gone through a huge process with the conversion from Holden to Nissan and a number of releases from the shape of the Altima, to the engine, to the actual race car look and from that point on we’ve spent a lot of time with Jack Daniel’s and internally here at Nissan Motorsport developing a livery that is a real departure from what you’ve seen for the past couple of years.
“For us what you see today is something that we’ve spent a lot of time working on and something we think is quite different to what you’ve seen before, like I touched on, and it’s something we’re quite excited about.
“It’s a new time for us in Nissan Motorsport, for the whole team, and this year we’re really hoping for some fantastic results and we‘ve got all the tools now in the box to go and do that, and whilst we do that it’s important to look right and we really think we’ve hit the nail on the head this year.”
MICHAEL CARUSO - #36 Norton Nissan Altima: “Every kid who dreams of being a racer wants to be part of a factory race team, so I’m delighted to be joining Nissan and Norton 360 Racing to compete in the 2013 Championship,” said Michael Caruso.
“This is a tremendous career opportunity for me, and I am looking forward to working with Norton and Nissan to make this year a great success.”
JAMES MOFFAT - #360 Norton Nissan Altima: “I am super pumped about stepping up to a full factory program with Nissan, and to continue my long relationship with Norton, it’s fantastic,” said James Moffat.
“I’ve driven the all-new Nissan Altima a few times now and it’s a serious contender, there’s so much potential there, I think the Norton 360 Racing team will be in very good shape this year.”