There are very smart people in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship pitlane... and then there's Doctor Ryan Story.
V8X Supercar Magazine's new recruit Mark Fogarty sat down with Story for an exclusive one-on-one interview, which features in issue #93.
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Story is literally a genius, with an imposing intellect and number-crunching abilities beyond the brightest engineers.
Story has an extremely high IQ, a doctorate in mathematics and a lucrative data-mining business. He is the entrepreneur who loves motorsport and idolises Dick Johnson, whose troubled team he helped save.
Combining science with passion, he runs DJR Team Penske in a much softer manner than his mostly street-smart, racing-schooled peers.
His background is unorthodox and unrelated to racing apart from his almost lifelong devotion to Johnson – adolescent over-achiever, academic whiz and brainiac businessman. And to top it all off, he is unfeasibly young at just 31.
Yes, a barely thirty-something is in charge of the longest-established team and one of the most iconic. But it's not so surprising that this entrepreneur – who by his own admission is a "complete, total, card-carrying nerd" – is running Roger Penske's Aussie outpost.
Story's expertise is statistical analysis. He takes demographic data and interprets the numbers to reveal what motivates people. For more than a decade, his numerical nous has helped shape the election campaigns of major political parties in Australia and the USA.
He established a lucrative enterprise that enabled him to help Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) during the most serious of its crises in 2011/12, first as sponsor, then investor and finally saviour.
Story stepped back from his business to become a trusted advisor to Johnson and steered the team back to solvency in 2013, before brokering Penske's future-securing takeover the following year.
There is no greater endorsement of his quiet leadership and commercial acuity than the fact that despite his youth, he was Penske's pick to oversee the day-to-day operations of DJR Team Penske as managing director.
Story's story is as improbable as it is intriguing – from DJR savant to boy genius political prognosticator with the means and methods to orchestrate the salvation of his racing idol's legacy.
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