Fabian Coulthard will not race for Dick Johnson Racing next year, the Kiwi formally announcing his split this evening.
Velocity News reported earlier in the week that Coulthard’s seat for 2021 was at risk as the team gears up for two new drivers following the departure of Scott McLaughlin to IndyCar after the Bathurst 1000.
Coulthard only managed one win this year en route to sixth in the standings.
He has managed eight wins with the team, the most recent being at The Bend this year. His best championship result with the squad was third back in 2017.
“It has been an absolute honour to race for two of the greatest icons in Motorsport – Roger Penske and Dick Johnson,” he said.
“I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to have multiple race wins and stand on the podium on their behalf. A duo as great might never be seen again.
“Scott [McLaughlin] has been one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. He’s challenged me, beaten me, lost to me and taught me so much that I couldn’t learn from anyone else. I’m looking forward to watching all his successes in the future.
“Whilst I have had one heck of a time, I will not be driving at DJR full-time in 2021.
“It’s been one incredible journey, and the privilege will never be lost on me.
“I’m thankful to our partners who have so generously been a part of this journey both on the team and my behalf. I’ve always been surrounded by workmates who’ve become friends, and always will be.
“Whilst I’m not sure what is next on the cards for 2021, I’ve received incredible support from other drivers, teams, family, friends, and fans. Thank you so much. It’s YOU that helps more than you realise and makes this time a little easier.
“Whilst I’m still away from home, spending time with Bec and the kids has been a good time to reflect, relax and take in all we achieved together at DJRTP, and what might be on the horizon for me and my little family.”
Team owner Dick Johnson is set to announce his all-new driver line-up over the coming days.
Penrite Racing’s Anton de Pasquale and free agent Will Davison have been linked to the two vacant seats.
Coulthard could stay on as a co-driver for the team, as the number of full-time drives begins to close.
Currently, there are available seats at Brad Jones Racing, Kelly Racing and Cool Drive Racing.