Pye excited about Walkinshaw/Andretti partnership

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Scott Pye is optimistic that fresh investment from Andretti Autosport and United Autosports can transform Walkinshaw Racing’s fortunes in 2018.

Yesterday it was confirmed that Walkinshaw Racing will enter into a partnership with the teams headed by ex-racer Michael Andretti and McLaren boss Zak Brown.

“I think the potential of what they can bring to the table is immense,” said Pye when asked his reaction by Speedcafe to news of the investment.

“We have seen a similar case with DJR Team Penske and the way they have stepped forward.”

Billionarie Roger Penske invested in Dick Johnson Racing in late 2014, reversing the team’s flagging fortunes and establishing it as a front runner under the DJR Team Penske banner.

“We will be doing the same I’m sure. We have high expectations and the Andretti name and United Autosports is a great combination,” Pye added.

“Second isn’t enough and we are always going to be pushing the boundaries into the future now and we will have the resources to do that.

“It is all in hard work. We are going to have some great resources and that should move the program forward at a rapid rate and get us back to where the team deserves to be.”

Walksinshaw’s 2017 season, and Pye’s first campaign with the Holden team since he left DJR Team Penske last year, has been one of difficult nature, as the team sit in sixth place in the championship standings.

Pye believes the announcement will be a big positive motivational push for the team heading into this weekend’s Bathurst 1000.

“It is great timing for it and to have Andretti in town for the greatest race of the year is cool,” said Pye.

“It is a bunch of people that I have been proud of this year and I’ve only got to know them this year.

“It has been a tough period for longer than this year and they have all stuck together.

“It should put a bounce in everyone’s step and bring some positivity back, and it re-energises the bunch which is good.”

The Supercars Bathurst 1000 continues today, with two more practice sessions and qualifying at 15:50 AEDT.

Pye and co-driver Warren Luff finished ninth yesterday in the combined times for Thursday’s practice sessions.