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ROD NASH IN RACING: THE BIRTH OF RNR

Rod Nash's introduction to motorsport came in his early years where he and his family spent most of their weekends at speedway tracks throughout Gippsland in Victoria supporting the racing exploits of Nash's father. 

Years of watching his father inevitably led to Nash getting behind the wheel himself. At 16 he entered his first speedway event and for the next 22 years he would race almost exclusively on dirt tracks around Australia.

In 1997 he met touring car team owner John Faulkner and team manager Les Small, a meeting that would lead to the pair forming a strong friendship would Nash, and would lead to him becoming one of the key players in the Australian motorsport scene.

Nash soon realised circuit racing was replacing his love of speedway, though his switch was confirmed after he had further exposure to the scene via none other than friend, Peter Brock.
Faulkner and Small assisted Nash to purchase key assets including two race cars from ex-motorcycle world champion Wayne Gardner whose team was closing down. The equipment took Nash overnight from newcomer to V8 Supercar driver-in-waiting.

His new outfit was established alongside Faulkner's main series team with the aim of competing in the Privateers Cup (today's Development Series) component of the V8 Supercars Championship. Given his relative lack of experience away from speedway, Nash was initially reluctant to make the transition into the'main game' V8 series.

Faulkner and Small convinced him the Privateers Cup would make the switch easier though governing body CAMS agreed with Nash and would not grant him the necessary Category 4 licence until he had completed an informal apprenticeship in lower-tier circuit racing championships.

The requirement saw Nash take the wheel of everything from HQ Holdens to Formula Vee and Formula Ford open-wheelers and even sports sedans to gain the necessary experience.

He tasted success during this time and with his licence granted he made his V8 Supercars debut at the Lakeside Raceway round of the 1997 season, officially starting his top-level circuit racing involvement.

The next season was spent competing under the John Faulkner Racing banner as a privateer before breaking away for the 1999 season to run his own outfit, when Rod Nash Racing was born.Current V8 Supercars technical official Frank Adamson was employed as team manager and a pair of Commodores took to the track under the RNR banner for Nash and a young Cameron McConville.

For 2001 he downsized to a single-entry for himself but Nash soon realised his future lay outside the car due to both his busy work schedule and the increasing professionalism of the sport and its drivers.

Nash easily made the switch to non-driving team owner and through his relationship with Peter Brock he ran the newly-formed Team Brock for a season before pairing his licence with Larry Perkins' successful outfit.

RNR then spent a number of seasons as part of a variety of other multi-car teams with Nash employing drivers and working on the commercial side of each team before eventually pairing his team with Prodrive Racing (Australia) in 2010.

The move brought an immediate upturn in fortunes and the team recorded its first pole position, podium and race win during its maiden year in the Ford fold, while becoming an integral part of the factory team from day one.

After three years at PRA he took the relationship a step further and in partnership with fellow motorsport identity and businessman, Rusty French, he took ownership of the team.

RNR is now fully-integrated into PRA and the team will enter its fifth consecutive V8 Supercars Championship in 2016
Rod Nash Racing was the highest-placed single car entry in 2013 while former driver David Reynolds equalled the team's best driver championship result with a ninth place finish following the team's second ever race win at the Gold Coast.

In what would eventually be his last year with Rod Nash Racing, Reynolds recorded his best year to date in 2015 after four years with the team. Reynolds added to his wins tally after being introduced to the FG X at Darwin and Auckland, while also grabbing three pole positions, including the Bathurst 1000 pole position and seven podiums.

Reynolds finished a personal best third in the championship standings, just 336 points behind the eventual winner and teammate, Mark Winterbottom.

PRA young-gun Chaz Mostert takes the Rod Nash Racing reigns from Reynolds in 2016, moving across from the car 6 Prodrive Racing seat. Some further shifting within the team sees former car 55 major sponsor The Bottle-O move within the Prodrive Racing stable to car 1, while Supercheap Auto has come on board to back Mostert for the 2016 season.

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