"I'd like to think it was an educated risk, not completely left field," jokes Jamie Whincup when reminded that Triple Eight has rolled the dice on a young driver before.
He's right, of course. There's not much that's random about the way Roland Dane does business. Still, there's no denying there was an element of risk when it came to signing a relatively unknown Whincup back in 2006.
Even Dane couldn't have predicted just how well that risk would pay off, netting a record-breaking 122 race wins and seven titles over 15 seasons so far. And you wouldn't bet against Whincup adding to either of those tallies in this, his final season as a full-timer.