Parked Up

The Parked Up podcast is a light look at motorsport, speaking to the biggest names in the industry.

PARKED UP PODCAST WITH GRANT AND TONY D

The Parked Up podcast is a light, weekly look at motorsport, speaking to the biggest names in Supercars, TCR Australia, discussing the news topics with those in the know. Informative and funny, motorsport media man Grant Rowley is joined by racer Tony D’Alberto.

TONY D’ALBERTO

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 Brown. 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.

TONY D’ALBERTO
Grant from Parked UP

GRANT ROWLEY

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.