Having secured three consecutive F1 constructor and driver championships in as many years the time had arrived for Red Bull Racing to execute phase two of its plan for the world-wide domination of all things motorsport. Required was a category of national pastime and international significance. One of thrills and spontaneity. And we found just that in V8 Supercars.
We sought the globe over to find a competition worthy; where raw power, noise, speed and hostilities were not just welcomed but expected. And a location where racing was a way of life - its drivers more Ricky Bobby than Ryan Gosling. With that strict criteria in mind, the European touring car series was ruled out almost immediately and quickly followed by the lesser known New Zealand circuit.
Now, we’re ready to race our brand spanking VF Commodores and bring a new attitude to pit lane. And who knows, even RD might crack a few smiles along the way.
Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Ralph Schumacher and the list goes on for John Russell.
The former Williams Formula 1 engineer is charged with helping Casey Stoner go from MotoGP champion to V8 superstar.
After 14 years in Formula 1 and BTCC with Williams and Jaguar, and many before that working in atomic research and cryogenic labs, John takes responsibility for freezing international man of mystery Austin Powers way back in the 1960s.
All jokes aside, the Englishman is one of international motorsport's most revered brains and his stint at Triple Eight is his second V8 Supercars assignment.
After accepting an offer to join new team FPR as head engineer in 2003, John was lured to Brad Jones Motorsport in 2005 before returning to Formula 1 with Williams for four seasons in 2007.
All but lost to V8 Supercars but still with a keen interest, a call from long-time BTCC adversary Roland Dane promising fame and fortune captured John's attention and he has been director of engineering and production at Triple Eight since 2011.
If there's anything he doesn't know, it's not worth knowing. Or, Dutto will tell you he knows it.