After four seasons driving the #20, it is now official Scott Pye and Team 18 will go their separate ways at the conclusion of the 2023 Supercars Championship.
As expected Pye will not be continuing at Charlie Schwerkolt’s team next year with David Reynolds being one of the expected replacement options after Grove Racing announced it will part ways with him at the end of the year.
The #20 Camaro driver is currently on track to enjoy his best Team 18 season since his first in 2020.
Pye sits 13th in the championship having scored one top five result from the first 22 races at Symmons Plains.
The South Australian endured a tough weekend on home turf at The Bend, initially finishing 22nd and 15th before fighting his way up to 11th in the finale.
But it was not enough to keep his seat, with 2023 to be his fourth and last at Team 18.
Pye said he has enjoyed an “incredible journey” with the team and believes “new opportunities” are on their way.
“It has been an incredible journey with Team 18 over the last four years, and I’m grateful for the experiences we’ve shared as a group,” he said.
“I want to thank the team, the crew on my #20 car, and my fans for their unwavering support.
“I’m excited for what the future will bring as I look ahead to new opportunities in the sport.”
With 2024 seats quickly drying up, this announcement may mean Pye’s decade long time racing full time Supercars might come to a hault.
Team 18 was Pye’s fourth Supercars team having made his debut in 2013 at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport before moving to a then struggling Dick Johnson Racing in 2014.
Despite initially losing his seat to a returning Marcos Ambrose when Penske jumped on board in 2015, Pye found himself back in the #17 after the two-time champion believed he was not ready to commit to another full-time Supercars campaign.
As the season went on Pye found more pace and scored his first of 10 career podiums at Pukekohe.
After two seasons at DJR Team Penske he found himself replaced by star recruit Scott McLaughlin and off to Walkinshaw Andretti United.
Driving the famous #2 Pye enjoyed his biggest highlights, taking back-to-back Bathurst 1000 runner-up finishes from unlikely grid positions, plus a famous victory in the dark at Albert Park in 2018.
However, after his first podium-less season he was on the move again to Team 18.
Pye arrived at Schwerkolt’s squad when it expanded from one to two cars in 2020 and success was nearly immediate.
In just their fourth and fifth rounds together Pye drove Team 18 to its first three podiums during the 2020 Hidden Valley Raceway doubleheader.
The last two were part of a run of nine straight top 10 finishes as Pye finished ninth in the standings.
However, he and Team 18 have not hit the same heights together since and are looking for change, but Schwerkolt described Pye as a “valued driver”.
“Scott Pye has been a valued driver for Team 18 over the last four years and has contributed immensely to the growth and success of the team,” he said.
“He has produced some amazing moments in his time, including when he delivered our first three podiums as a standalone outfit in 2020, as well as a host of standout performances that will be etched in our history.
We thank him for his hard work, dedication and professionalism and wish him all the best in his future racing activities.
“We will continue to keep our foot firmly on the throttle as we aim to deliver our best possible performance in the endurance races and the remaining four rounds of the championship.”