Bathurst cash splash: the money behind the dream
MEET the Bathurst billionaires and multi-millionaires - the movers and shakers with a Mount Panorama dream.
Jetting in from LA, Monaco and one driving from Vaucluse, they are the money behind the Bathurst 1000 bid.
These are the richest people in Australia's most expensive sport.
ROGER PENSKE - DJR/TEAM PENSKE
THE OWNER of Penske Corporation, the "Captain'' has an estimated net worth of $US1.7 billion. A racing enthusiast who owns both NASCAR and INDY Car teams, Penske bought a part share in iconic Australian V8 team Dick Johnson Racing in 2016. Beginning his US empire with a car dealership, Penske's businesses generate more than $US22 billion a year and he employs almost 50,000 people. The university dropout is a corporate director at General Electric and a previous Home Depot and Super Bowl board member.
BETTY KLIMENKO - EREBUS MOTORSPORT
THE heiress to the Westfield shopping centre empire, Klimenko is the daughter of Westfield's group co-founder John Saunders. Klimenko's family fortune was estimated by BRW to be $960 million in 2013 with her family coming in at No.12 on the Australian rich list. Klimenko is the owner of the reigning Bathurst winning team Erebus Motorsport.
RYAN WALKINSHAW - WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED
THE heir to the Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) empire, Walkinshaw lives in Monaco and works around the globe. The co-owner of Walkinshaw Andretti United, the UK born and raised businessman also has a residence in Melbourne. The boss of the company famous for the HSV GTS, Walkinshaw has just re-engineered the Chevrolet Camaro for the Australian market. His race team, formerly known as the Holden Racing Team, is one of the most famous and successful in the sport.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI - WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED
ONE of the biggest names in US motorsport, Andretti is a former world Indy Car champion and one of the most successful open wheeled driver's in US history. The son of racing legend Mario, Andretti's has amassed an estimated personal wealth of $US40 million through his company Andretti Autorsport. Andretti last year became a co-owner of Supercar's team Walkinshaw Andretti Racing.
ROLAND DANE - RED BULL HOLDEN RACING TEAM
THE owner of engineering business Triple Eight Race Engineering, Dane is both the brains and the money behind the all-conquering Red Bull Holden Racing Team. The Irishman has business interests across the globe, including hotels and restaurants in Thailand, and operates Australia's most profitable race engineering business. Dane is highly guarded about the extent of his wealth but it is widely believed he is one of the wealthiest men in the V8 pit-lane.