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Lowndes extends contract with Triple Eight

Craig Lowndes to continue driving Triple Eight Race Engineering’s wildcard entry.

23 August 2023

Craig Lowndes will continue to lead Triple Eight Race Engineering’s endurance wildcard entry, extending his contract with the team until the end of the 2025 season.

The renewal signals the team’s intention to continue fielding a wildcard program with Lowndes for Supercars’ endurance events for the next two years.

Lowndes joined Triple Eight in 2005 and has amassed 58 championship race wins, 29 poles and 130 podium finishes with the team, along with four Sandown 500 wins and two Phillip Island 500 wins and six Bathurst 1000 wins, the last of which he achieved in 2018.

This year’s Bathurst 1000 will mark his 30th start at the Great Race and his 19th start with Triple Eight.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be continuing my racing career with Triple Eight for the next two years and I’m excited to reach a 20-year milestone with the team in 2024,” says Lowndes.

“I’ve shared some amazing moments with Triple Eight over the past 18-and-a-half years, and I want to thank Jamie [Whincup], Jess [Dane] and the team for wanting to extend this successful partnership. It’s crazy to think we’ll be celebrating two decades together next year!

“When I retired from full time racing at the end of 2018, I always said that I wanted to continue to stay involved by fostering the next generation of Supercars racers, which I’ve been fortunate enough to do through the team’s wildcard program. It’s something that I find both professionally and personally rewarding and a way I can give back to the sport that has been such a big part of my life.

“For now, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming enduro season alongside Zane Goddard and can’t wait to hit the track for our upcoming test days in preparation for the Sandown 500 in September.”

Jamie Whincup team principal added: “Lowndesy is obviously a huge part of Triple Eight’s DNA, and for him to continue his legacy with the team into a 20th year and beyond is truly remarkable.

“I’ve personally shared so many memories with Craig, highlighted by our Bathurst 1000 three-peat which I’ll cherish forever. We wouldn’t be where we are now without his contribution to the team and the sport as a whole.

“Lowndesy’s worth is just as valuable off the track as it is on it. His mentorship of the youth in our sport, as we’ve seen from the success of our Supercheap Auto Racing wildcard program over the past two years, has been unbelievable. For these young guns to have someone of Lowndesy’s caliber by their side sharing his race craft and experience is something they can only dream of.”