Steven Johnson at Winton, 2010. Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

THE new book documenting the history of every Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske race car over the last 40 years has revealed a range of interesting information about a wide range of the team’s cars.

Limited to just 3000 individually numbered copies, all hand-signed by Dick Johnson, the book is on sale now and expected to sell out quickly, so order here now!

DJR’s 2010 Jim Beam Falcon FGs ended up claiming the V8 Supercar Championship Series title via James Courtney’s #18 car, however it was a system quietly trialled in the sister car of Steven Johnson that team members haven’t really publicly talked about.

Until now!

During that season, Johnson’s Falcon – the #17 Jim Beam Falcon – quietly trialled a technical tweak dreamt up by a DJR engineer: a foot-operated roll bar adjustor.

Scott Sinclair, Courtney’s engineer in his championship year who later worked with him at the Holden Racing Team before a stint at Kelly Racing and is now the independent member of the Supercars Commission, discusses the system in the recently released book.

“It was part of the footrest,” Sinclair explained.

“Coming out of a corner, the driver would hit his foot on it and it would flick the bar to full-soft to help the drive on the way out of the corner – pretty clever design by the engineer!”

Legal to the letter of the law – it was still driver-operated, as required – the device was never found by scrutineers and was shelved after a few events.

The new book features all of the team’s Group C Falcons, its Group A Mustangs and Sierras, five-litre and V8 Supercar era Falcons and the most recent Mustang GT Supercars.

Written by V8 Sleuth’s Will Dale and Aaron Noonan, the new book is a joint publication of V8 Sleuth and Authentic Collectables.

400 pages in total, it features a range of never-before-published photos and a wide range of insights on the team’s famous and not-so-famous cars.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.