Jason Bargwanna says that driving the Rock Commodore for Kelly Racing will give him the ability to achieve his best results yet in V8 Supercar competition.
Bargwanna unveiled the new-look #11 car at the team's headquarters in Melbourne this week, where it was announced that Rock Energy Drink would be the major sponsor of Bargwanna's effort in a multi-year deal with Kelly Racing.
Bargwanna is adamant that joining Kelly Racing gives him his best opportunity yet in V8 Supercars.
“Realistically, this team has all the ingredients that you need,” the veteran said, “The one thing that you want as a driver is to know that you've got equipment good enough to do the job and I've definitely got that in the #11 Rock Commodore.
“I'm excited about working with Rick and Todd [Kelly]. Between us, we've got a few trophies on the shelf so, if you put all that experience together, then there is no reason why we can't be a very successful race team.
“It's going to take that united front to take on the likes of Triple 8 and Walkinshaw. They are very strong operations so to knock them off we need to all put our heads together to make it work.”
The 144-event veteran - and 2000 Bathurst winner - scored seventh in the championship standings in both 1998 and 2000 with Garry Rogers Motorsport.
Having raced for under-funded teams in recent years, Bargwanna now has his sights set on a career-best performance in 2010 as part of a formidable driver line-up alongside fellow Bathurst champions Todd and Rick Kelly.
“The last three teams I've been with have closed their doors and that's been the reason I've departed the team, so this is completely different for me,” said Bargwanna, “This team is focused on winning car races. Everything you do from the moment you open the front door is all about winning car races. That is what every driver dreams of, to be part of a championship-contending team.
“There is no compromise in this operation. The last few seasons have been character building years and now it's my time to put it all together and make the most of this genuinely great opportunity.”