Craig Lowndes is one of the most popular drivers in Australian touring car history; his smile is almost as trademarkable as the 888 number he raced with for so many years.
After his retirement from full-time driving in 2018, Craig has just completed a stint at the Bathurst, Also this week he was announced as part of Fox Sports’ Supercars commentary team, and will also continue as a co-driver for Jamie Whincup at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team in this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup program.
And this week it has been announced that Lowndes will be an advance inductee to the 2019 Australian Motor Sports Hall of Fame.
This will be an impressive addition to the many accolades that have followed Lowndes throughout his career.
Including three-time Supercars champion and seven-time Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victor, five-time Barry Sheene Medal winner and an Order of Australia Medalist (OAM) for his services to motorsport and the broader community to name a few.
“It’s great to be nominated for the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame,” said Lowndes.
You don’t get into the business for these sorts of awards, but it’s nice to be recognised for what we’ve done, what we’ve achieved and what you give back to the sport.”
Lowndes induction will take place on March 15 at a black-tie gala dinner held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of the lead up to the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Lowndes, who announced his retirement from full-time competition last year, is the 72nd inductee and joins legends of the sport including Sir Jack Brabham, Alan Jones MBE, Mick Doohan AM and his own mentor, Peter Brock.
One more advance recipient will be announced in the coming weeks while a further 11 inductees announced on the evening,
There will also be one addition to the Legends category, joining Sir Jack Brabham and Mick Doohan.