Newly-crowned V8 Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom will race in Bottle-O colours next season.
Prodrive Racing Australia today unveiled Winterbottom’s 2016 livery – complete with #1 on the window – which confirms that he will race a Bottle-O backed Falcon next season.
The liquor store chain is no stranger to the team, having been the primary backer of the PRA-run #55 car since 2010.
“It’s fantastic to announce a new partnership on my car with The Bottle-O, and to do so with number one on the side as the new V8 Supercars Champion makes it even more special,” said Winterbottom.
“The Bottle-O has been a supporter of our team for many years so I am looking forward to representing them as I defend my title.
“It is great to have the commitment of a brand that sees such value in our team, so I am sure we’ll have a fun and successful 2016.”
According to PRA owner Rod Nash, who initially bough The Bottle-O brand into V8 Supercars back in 2008, today’s launch is the beginning of a new era for the team and the sponsor.
“Today is a great day for our team and The Bottle-O as we get to show the number one on our car for the first time and also reveal their involvement with Mark for next season and beyond,” Nash said.
“Every team fights to have the number one on the car and we’ve got it after years of hard work so it is great reward for everyone.
“We are launching a new era today and I want to thank The Bottle-O for their long-term commitment to my team and motorsport fans. Together we have one of the longest-serving partnerships in V8 Supercars.
“As a collective group we are aiming to defend the title and launching this car, one day after the season, shows our intention. The 2016 season has already begun.”
The deal signals the end of 2015 sponsor Pepsi Max’s stint as a primary backer in the sport, with Chaz Mostert to race in Supercheap Auto colours, and Cameron Waters expected to drive an Enzed-backed #55 car.