09 JAN 2019
Garry Rogers Motorsport signs Boost Mobile as Naming Rights Partner
Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) has today announced it has signed Boost Mobile, the world's number one youth telco brand, as the 2019 naming rights partner for a multi-year partnership. The Boost Mobile Racing Team will head into the 2019 Virgin Australian Supercar Season with new 'young guns' drivers Richie Stanaway and James Golding at the wheel.
Boost Mobile Founder, Peter Adderton, said he was thrilled that Boost Mobile were onboard with GRM for the 2019 Supercar season;
"Boost Mobile has a long history in supporting motorsport both in Australia and in the United States. We are excited about the opportunity to work with Garry Rogers, the entire GRM team and potential talent like potential Richie and James. We all saw what Richie was capable at Bathurst in 2017 and believe in the right team with the right management, support, and cars we will see him battle up the front. We don't mind being the underdog and fighting our way forward, it makes for great entertainment".
The synergy between the youth-focused Boost Mobile brand and Garry Rogers' success with developing young race drivers, seemed like a perfect fit, according to Garry Rogers;
"I have a lot of faith in Bieber (James Golding) and although his inaugural year in Supercars was not spectacular he certainly has the potential to be a successful driver, as does Richie. The future of the team is always what is at the foremost of our focus, and this chance to partner with a vibrant youth brand like Boost, who have shown their support of Supercars over the years, whilst developing up-and-coming stars."
Richie Stanaway had the following to say in regards to the partnership;
" I am excited and thankful to GRM and Boost Mobile for giving me a chance to race in one of the greatest championships in the world. My approach last year and my attitude which often stemmed from my own frustration was the wrong approach at times. I apologise to the people and fans that supported me and believed in me. GRM and Boost Mobile have given me a chance and I am committed to give it 100% and do what it takes as a team to win".
Boost Mobile has a long-standing track record with supporting up-and-coming talent and entertainment that engages fans, according to General Manager, Jason Haynes;
"Boost Mobile continue to see an exiting opportunity with engaging with the young at heart supercars fans base and team up with GRM, Richie and James. Boost Mobile offers all the data you need and is the only brand other than Telstra that is on the full Telstra 4G network, so whether watching on your mobile or being at one of the events we offer the performance in our product everyone wants" .
The decision on driver line-up for GRM for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercar season was not an easy one. According to Garry Rogers;
"It obviously comes as a surprise to most that Garth will not be driving at GRM in 2019. Garth has rewarded the GRM team some of the biggest moments in Motorsport including the 2000 Bathurst 1000 win alongside Jason Bargwanna, second in the Championship behind Mark Skaife in the same year and the success of the Monaro 427 in the Bathurst 24hr races of 2002 and more".
"On Garth's return to GRM in 2017 he was guaranteed 2 years of full-time driving and a management role following that".
"There were many aspects to my decision including that Garth was nearing the end of his career and has expressed that 2019 could be his final full time season as a driver".
"I was very conscious of the fact that I would be both the one that started and ended Garth's full-time Supercar career and this weighed heavily on me. In a perfect world I would absolutely have loved to give Garth the send off that such a Champion deserves, but I never lost sight that Motorsport although centred around the driver is about the Team and not any one individual".
On the decision, Garth Tander had the following to add;
"I'm grateful for the start that Garry gave me in Supercars and understand his decision to end my full time driving career. I'm now going to take a deep breath and consider my future that won't be at GRM, I wish the team well for the future."