Dumped Penske Supercars driver Scott Pye has admitted he’s openly looking for work, a state of affairs he admits is all too familiar.
Pye will leave Penske at the end of the season to make way for Scott McLaughlin, following on from an uncertain 2015 where he looked set to lose out to Fabian Coulthard
“It’s odd because last year I was out of a drive, year before that I was out of a drive, the year before that I was out of a drive,” he confessed.
“Last year, right up until Bathurst, I didn’t know what I was doing and then the Monday I found out and then I swear it felt like a month later and my seat was in jeopardy again.
“It’s something that’s just always been going on.”
Pye originally had a two year deal with what was the DJR team in 2014, a deal which was “terminated to put Marcos in the car” for 2015.
He received another one-year deal after Bathurst last year, and is now focusing on putting in strong on-track performances in an effort to create interest from other teams for 2017.
“If I can get some good results then that’s what people will see and that will get me a job for next year because I sure as hell don’t want to be unemployed.
“Every driver would wish to have multiple years,” he added when pressed if he’s chasing a multi-year deal. “A multi-year deal you can extract a lot more from a driver if you look after them.”
However, working against Pye is the fact there look to be precious few front-running drives up for grabs.
HRT has not confirmed either Garth Tander or James Courtney, though sources have suggested Tander will be retained and will be joined by Nick Percat.
That in turn creates a vacancy at LDM, though with new links to Plus Fitness it seems Aaren Russell is also a factor in deciding that seat.
And of course there is an opportunity at Garry Rogers Motorsport, though with James Golding performing well in the Development Series, and already part of the GRM fraternity, that is also far from straight forward.