TEAM NEWS: Two-time national champion and Kids with Cancer Foundation ambassador Jimmy Vernon has made the switch to the Haltech V8 SuperUte Series in 2023. After spending the last few seasons racing in production cars, Vernon has recently acquired the Mitsubishi Triton campaigned by David Sieders last year and will run under the #50 Hunter Pacific Ceiling Fans entry.
Vernon joins the category with experience in a wide variety of cars, finding success in Production Touring Cars, Porsche Cup Challenge, Trans-Am and open wheelers to name a few. The highlights of his career include winning the 2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series, followed closely by his recent Australian Production Cars A1 National Championship.
“I’ve been eagerly trying to find a way back into the Supercars paddock since COVID put a bump-steer on our career plans and after closely following SuperUtes last year, I knew it would be a fantastic way to jump back into national racing,” said Vernon.
“A lot of my focus in recent years has been using my position in motorsport to build awareness around the Kids with Cancer Foundation. It’s a charity I hold really close to my heart and I love getting the kids involved in our program throughout the year.”
In 2022, Jimmy Vernon pledged 20% of his corporate sponsorship to the charity, which he plans to continue into the SuperUtes this year. The funding raised goes directly back to the kids and families in need who are fighting cancer.
“When you look at the level of coverage that we’re lucky to receive in the Haltech V8 SuperUte Series, it’s a no-brainer to jump in and use that platform to represent the Foundation and all of my loyal partners who’ve supported me through the last few years,” Vernon concluded.
Jimmy Vernon will be known under the SuperUte nickname “The Phantom”, which will be reflected in his Triton emblazed with purple hues, and an extra incentive to get the kids from the foundation excited about their ambassador.
The Haltech V8 SuperUte Series kicks off at Barbagallo Raceway in late April.
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