After a season racing sportscars in Europe, Alex Davison is to return to home soil for the 2009 campaign after inking a three-year deal to drive for Stone Brothers Racing in the V8 Supercar Championship.
The 29-year-old will drive the #4 Ford Falcon with naming rights sponsorship from IRWIN Industrial Tools and will find himself up against brother Will during the upcoming season. The younger Davison is widely tipped to move from Jim Beam Racing to the factory Holden team for 2009 to replace Mark Skaife following his retirement at the end of 2008.
“I am thrilled to be joining Stone Brothers Racing in the IRWIN Racing FG Ford Falcon,” Davison said. “Everyone from Jimmy and Ross to the crew, IRWIN and Ford, as well as myself can't wait for the opening round in Adelaide.
“This will be a big challenge as the championship is very competitive. However, the team has a fantastic history of success and with the new FG Ford I am sure we can put the IRWIN Racing Falcon towards the front.
“There will be a lot of focus on the battle between Will and I on the track. We are both very competitive, but also professional; Dad may find it hard to be neutral.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone at IRWIN Industrial Tools. They have outlined some fantastic activities that will really engage their customers and I'm keen to ensure we back that up with the right performances on the track.”
Ross Stone said he was looking forward to the 'new look' of his team in 2009, with Davison in alongside Shane van Gisbergen and the team also preparing the car of Jason Bright.
“New driver, new sponsor and new car all makes for a really exciting time for our team,” he said. “Alex has raced against some of the best drivers in the most competitive championships in the world during his career. He has raced mainly in the endurance races in V8 Supercars, but we feel that with an SBR FG Falcon he has the best opportunity to show his true capabilities in this championship.
“I am really excited to welcome IRWIN Industrial Tools as our naming rights sponsor on the #4 entry. They take all areas of their business very seriously, including this partnership. We are confident that we can present the IRWIN name in the best possibly way on and off the track.
“Racing the new FG Falcon is sure to give us a lift in 2009. Along with Ford, we have been preparing for the car's debut for two years and we will be ready to hit the track running from Adelaide.
“The other factor we have been preparing for is the E85 fuel. We have been at the forefront on testing and evaluating the fuel and we will be ready come Adelaide.”