Ryan StoryRyan Story
Chairman and CEO, Dick Johnson Racing
Ryan has led the record-breaking, multi-championship winning Dick Johnson Racing squad since taking an ownership stake alongside the legendary Dick Johnson in 2013.
He was a pivotal figure in Roger Penske’s entry into Supercars, working closely with Penske – an automotive, business and motorsport icon as well as a recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom – and Team Penske President Tim Cindric. Ryan officially established DJR Team Penske in 2014 with his fellow co-founders Penske and Cindric. Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in professional sports with DJR Team Penske contributing significantly to what is an incredible record of outstanding achievement.
Under his leadership the team has achieved immense success, having won three Teams Championships in 2017, 2019 and 2020 and three Drivers Championships in 2018, 2019 and 2020 with Scott McLaughlin.
Ryan has extensive business interests having founded his first company building and selling computers at the age of 12. His primary consulting company later specialised in data management and analysis for both political and commercial applications. Ryan and his companies developed proprietary data management solutions, bespoke software, customer research and targeting programs as well as having licensed technology to both public and private sector clients. After 20 years of working on campaigns across Australia and in the United States, Ryan retired from politics in early 2021, receiving a prestigious Meritorious Service Award.
Ryan’s interests include horology, trading, politics, history and of course motorsport. He has also worked extensively with Ford tuning legend Rob Herrod and Christopher Herrod on the Mustang R-Spec, the Dick Johnson Limited Edition and Scott McLaughlin SM17 Limited Edition Mustang packages.
In 2020 Ryan was appointed Chair of the Australian Motor Racing Commission. He previously served on the Supercars Commission. Perhaps his greatest passion though is philanthropy and using the race team as a platform for good. Ryan has collectively raised millions of dollars for many charities and other significant causes such as bushfire relief and supporting small businesses, particularly within the motorsport community, most effected by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
Ryan is a proud ambassador to children’s cancer charity Camp Quality as well as the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and proactively supports both organisations through fundraising and support. This has included providing unique experiences to those impacted by cancer, their families as well as staff and volunteers of these inspirational organisations. Ryan also serves as a director of non-profit Racing Together, whose mission is to create opportunities and pathways for young Indigenous Australians into motorsport and STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In 2021 the Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustangs have sported Camp Quality, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Racing Together branding in conjunction with the team’s participation in their major fundraising initiatives and activities – something that wouldn’t be possible without the support and encouragement of the team’s commercial partners.