Parked Up is a weekly podcast, taking a lighter look at the world of Australian motorsport, hosted by Supercars and TCR driver Tony D’Alberto, alongside his media mate Grant Rowley.
The podcast features the biggest names in the sport, latest news and plenty of listener involvement and giveaways.
Tony D’Alberto was born to be a racing car driver. Short, smart and savvy, he
started his career in karts just days after he learned to walk, and
despite not growing much since then, he has become a driver in demand.
The Victorian progressed quickly through Formula Ford to the Supercars
Development Series, and in 2007, won that prestigious title.
He made the step up to be a Supercars driver in 2008 and raced full-time
until the end of the 2014 season.
Since then, he has raced as a co-driver and is now part of the
all-conquering Shell V-Power DJR Team Penske squad.
Beside his Supercars drives, he races in the TCR Australia Series,
driving for Wall Racing in the factory-supported Honda Civic Type R car.
In the category’s inaugural season, he finished second behind Will
He also competes in various GT events, and can sometimes be seen on the
sidelines doing deals, drinking coffee and running the ol’ fashioned
husband/father double act.
Grant Rowley was a happy child. He grew up in Sydney and watched lots of
car racing. His dad loved motorsport, so as the eldest son, he did the
right thing and liked what dad liked.
Ultimately, he would become the self-proclaimed ‘Golden Child’ of
his family, revered by his two siblings and the pet dog.
Rowley raced karts for a number of years, claiming a few trophies and
had his sights set on a Formula 1 career.
While he has not ruled out that just yet, his skills were soon being
used by Motorsport News, who recruited Grant to be a staff journalist
for their fortnightly magazine.
The job meant a shift from Sydney to Melbourne, where in his first week
of working for the magazine in March 2003, he met D’Alberto in the
Australian Grand Prix support paddock. They’ve remained close friends
ever since that fateful day.
Grant is the restless type. After MNews, he was the founding editor of
Speedcafe.com in 2009 before joining Nissan Motorsport and the Nissan
Motor Company in 2013.
After a brief flirtation in the world of amateur indoor sports,
nowadays, he runs his own communications and content creation business,
enjoying a strong list of clients, a healthy appetite for pizza and beer
and the support of a beautiful wife and two young daughters who,
thankfully, got their mother’s looks and eyesight genes.