Norton confirms departure from Dick Johnson Racing
Norton by Symantec has confirmed that it will not be renewing its naming rights sponsorship with Dick Johnson Racing in 2013, paving the way for its move to Nissan Motorsport.
Norton was title sponsor of the #18 Falcon of James Moffat in 2012, the license that will move to Ford Performance Racing from 2013.
Although unconfirmed, Norton is set to move with Moffat to the Nissan Motorsport team run by Kelly Racing in 2013, also backing the factory team's other new recruit, Michael Caruso.
"We've enjoyed a really successful year with Dick Johnson Racing, we thank them for being such an exceptional partner to work with and wish them every success in the future," said Matthew Drake, Senior Director for Pacific, Norton by Symantec.
"Norton is committed to V8 Supercar racing, 2013 will usher in our sixth consecutive year of sponsorship for the sport. We look forward to announcing our 2013 sponsorship plans early in the New Year."
Dick Johnson Racing will downsize to two entries for 2013 – the #12 license owned by Dean Fiore and the #17 for Steve Johnson – though no sponsors have been announced with Jim Beam also leaving the team post-2012.
"Norton has been an extraordinary partner providing us with fantastic support over the past year," said Dick Johnson.
"It's been a lot of fun for us and the fans - from the unique livery launch of car #18 at the start of the year, to celebrating V8 history by bringing Tru Blu back to race again, Norton has really brought this sponsorship to life in 2012.
"We thank them for their support and look forward to welcoming a new naming rights partner for 2013."
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