DJR Team Penske has paid tribute to influential co-owner Steve Brabeck who tragically succumbed to cancer after a 24-year long fight with the disease.
The successful businessman became entrenched with Dick Johnson Racing first as a sponsor through his Crimsafe firm in 2009.
He provided much needed financial support during a difficult time for the outfit, effectively saving one of the most iconic teams in pit lane.
Brabeck then continued as a co-owner following the emergence of the alliance between Dick Johnson Racing and American giant Team Penske.
Three-time Bathurst 1000 winner and the team’s founder Dick Johnson said the loss is devastating of the team.
“Jill and I have known Steve for many years, and he became much more than a business partner, he became a true friend,” said Johnson.
“He shared some incredible moments on track with us over the years and we will remember those for a long, long time.
“Our thoughts are with his family, especially his two boys Matt and Ben. He will be missed, greatly.”
Roger Penske described Brabeck as a passionate racer in a statement distributed by the team.
“We first met Steve in 2013 when we started talking to Dick and the team about Supercars,” said Penske.
“He was a great guy, a successful businessman and really enjoyed going racing.
“He was there in the tough times for DJR and a terrific partner to us in DJR Team Penske.”
Driver Scott McLaughlin has offered his condolences.
“You brought so much light to a lot of people especially our squad,” tweeted McLaughlin.
“Glad I could be one of your drivers in 2017 and we will all race hard into the future for you! Very sad, Rest Easy Steve.”
Memorial service details
Church of Christ,
Olsen Ave and Griffith Way,
Southport QLD 4215
Friday February 9 at 1300