Racing with ProStar
Tickford racing teams up
AFTER returning to Australian shores, International Trucks and Tickford Racing have joined forces.
The pair of prodigal transport names announced the 2018 team up, as part of the Tickford racing team’s official transport partnership.
As part of the three-year accord, a pair of new International ProStar prime movers joined leading the Supercars race team.
Both are charged with the vital role of transporting the race cars piloted by popular drivers Mark Winterbottom, Cam Waters, Chaz Mostert and Richie Stanaway.
Each truck features powerful Cummins X15 engines producing 550 horsepower (410 kW) / 1850 lb.ft variant (2508 Nm) and are coupled to Eaton’s sophisticated UltraShift Plus’ 18-speed automated manual transmission.
“We’re excited to partner with International and bring them aboard the team,” Tickford managing director Rod Nash said.
“There is a freshness about them that’s very appealing, and they have been very keen to work with us.
“We are very much looking forward to having their ProStar vehicles leading us from race to race this season and beyond.
“What Iveco is doing with International is similar to what we have been doing with Tickford and now Tickford Racing, in bringing a beloved brand back into the Australian market,” Nash continued.
“That common mentality should make it a very positive partnership for both parties.”
Representatives of Iveco Australia said they were just as eager to take part in the Supercars events, the first of which is the Adelaide 500 in early March.
“Iveco Australia is thrilled to be partnering with Tickford Racing in the Supercars arena over the next three years as the team’s official race car transporter,” Iveco Australia Managing Director Michael Jonson said.
The partnership will see the ProStars, one sleeper cab, the second an extended cab, hauling the team’s B-Double transporters holding precious cargo including race cars, spare parts and the vital garage tools to keep the cars on track at race meets around the country.
To add to the glitz of the major motorsport events the trucks are dressed with additional chrome, checker plate and polished alloy trimmings along with additional auxiliary lighting.
The partnership marks the first major motorsports announcement for the name since its re-launch into the Australian market.
TEAM UP: The International Pro Star trucks comprise of a sleeper cab and an extended cab variant.
Tickford Racing Team principal and company CEO Tim Edwards gets a run-down on the ProStar from Iveco Australia managing director Michael Jonson.