Written by Timothy Neal

British-born Tony Dawe has joined the ranks of Team 18, bringing his wealth of experience from Formula 1, IndyCar, Sportscar and Supercars.

The engineer has joined Team 18 as a Procurement Manager, and will oversee the maintenance of the team’s parts inventory as they transition to the third generation technical regulations.

Along with drivers Scott Bay and newly re-signed Mark Winterbottom, Dowe will see the team switch from Holden to Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro.

At a critical stage of the team’s restructuring in the new era of Supercars, Dowe’s appointment is aimed at strengthening their capabilities to ensure the team is in a position to succeed when the 2023 regulations apply.

Dowe’s wealth of international experience includes being the former managing director of US arm Tom Walkinshaw Racing, who won the Le Mans 24 and Daytona 24 Hour races in the 1980s and 1990s through the successful Jaguar Sportscar program.

He has also been on the Newman-HAAS IndyCar Team in championship-winning seasons, and has experience in Formula One through Ensign, Brabham Wolff, Leger and Arrows.

Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom will help usher Team 18 into the Gen3 era

Dowe’s Supercars experience was previously with Kelly Racing as Director of Performance in 2011, and as Director of Engineering and Development at Walkinshaw in 2012.

“I am happy to join Team 18, because I already know many people on the team,” Dowe said.

“It’s good to work with people who want to get done rather than just going to work every day. There’s a new drive to get things right which makes walking through the door every day a nice feeling.

“I was in my garage at home working on my go-kart and he called me Dennis (Huijser, 18 crew chief on Team 18), I enjoyed working with him back in the Walkinshaw days and we have a very direct relationship, and we went from there. It’s fun to pick up someone What phone and ask you to come in and help and be part of the growing team structure.”

“The Gen3 is a huge job because it’s a complete car with very little carryover from anything else earlier. It’s an opportunity to put some structure into how we manage inventory, control what we order and take care of dollars and cents, because cash flow is always the thing we have to monitor.”

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“I’ve been there and bought the jersey in many other areas. I’m excited to find a situation where everything is going smoothly, we have all the parts we want in the timeframe we need rather than a last minute scramble. There are 97 working days to February 1st of the year Next, and that would be fatal for all teams up and down the pit lane if you weren’t on top of things.”

Team 18 owner Charlie Schwerkult is excited to experience Dowe as she heads into the uncharted waters of the Gen3 program.

“We are delighted that Tony has agreed to join Team 18, he has an impressive wealth of successful racing experience and is a valuable addition to our racing operations,” Schwerkult commented.

“With new developments emerging daily for Gen3, it has been critical for us to be up front to get ready to build the new cars without compromising our focus on the final three rounds of this year’s championship, and appointments like this will contribute to which – which.”

“Having someone with Tony’s experience on the team is invaluable and we have no doubts that the entire team will be able to feed his years of success in all forms of motorsports to propel the team forward.”

Team 18 faces their final Bathurst Test at Winton Raceway on September 28 before heading out to “The Mountain” for Australia’s greatest motorsport show from October 6-9.

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