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Johnson and Courtney confirmed for Jim Beam

Jim Beam Racing has confirmed Steve Johnson and James Courtney as the team's driver line-up for the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship.

Courtney joins Johnson for the 2009 season where Jim Beam Racing is set for a landmark year. Higher expectations together with the arrival of two brand new FG Falcons will be the driving force behind renewed championship aspirations.

Two top ten Championship finishes, and third place in the 2008 Teams Championship, has only cemented the teams drive to craft an all out assault on the 2009 Championship.

By joining Dick Johnson's iconic Australian Team, Courtney will renew acquaintances with Jim Beam Racing sporting director Adrian Burgess.

"Signing with Jim Beam Racing is something that I feel very comfortable with, I obviously have the relationship there with Adrian Burgess from earlier in my career but I am really settling in and feel like we are on the verge of something big this year," said Courtney.

"Everything the team has done in preparing for 2009 has impressed me and I couldn't be happier joining a team with such great Australian history.

"I am confident we will be a front runner in this year's Championship and Jim Beam Racing is well prepared to win races. That is my focus for 2009."

Johnson enjoyed a solid second half of 2008, and pointed at the arrival of new FG's to play a large role in shifting the team from a consistent competitor to a force in pit lane.

"This will be the first time in five years the team has had brand new cars to work with and the focus is going to be making sure we are in a position to win races in 2009," said Johnson.



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Steve Johnson and James Courtney
Jamie Whincup - Red Bull Racing Australia [pic credit Red Bull]
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Jamie Whincup - Red Bull Racing Australia [pic credit Red Bull]
James Courtney - Holden Racing Team [pic credit Clipsal 500]
James Courtney - Holden Racing Team [pic credit Clipsal 500]
James Courtney - Holden Racing Team [pic credit Clipsal 500]
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Jamie Whincup - Red Bull Racing Australia [pic credit V8 Supercars]
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