Young Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has become an Ambassador for the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), in a major announcement made today.
CAMS Chief Executive Officer Eugene Arocca, who has been instrumental in discussions with Daniel, said it is a coup for CAMS and Australian motor sport that Daniel Ricciardo has agreed to come on board.
"It is our pleasure to announce that Daniel Ricciardo has partnered with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport to help promote motor sport by becoming a CAMS Ambassador."
"We think it's a great fit... Daniel is a likeable young man and clearly an outstanding talent. As the custodian of all levels of Australian motor sport, we are working together to engage with new generations of motor sport participants and we are delighted that Daniel will be working with CAMS to achieve this."
"Daniel is already a shining example of Australian motor sport talent on the world stage, having made it to Formula 1 where he has proved he belongs. He has been spectacular and we believe he is a champion in the making."
Daniel, who is already a three time Grand Prix winner since replacing compatriot Mark Webber at the Red Bull Racing team in 2014, is currently in Spa, Belgium ahead after winning the FIA Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, said he was also excited to announce the partnership with CAMS.
"It's great to be aligned with CAMS. I'm really excited by this and want to thank the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport for its interest in my career and I look forward to working with CAMS in the future." Ricciardo said.
Daniel will be the face of a new membership category for junior licence holders and will also help encourage people to get involved in the many different forms of motor sport.
"I look forward to helping CAMS promote motor sport, after all it's something that I love. Being a proud Australian driver I want to promote motor sport among young people. So if I can help by getting more young Australians involved, then that's great." Ricciardo said.
With his beaming smile and personable attitude, Daniel is sure to be a hit with young Australian motor sport fans, if he isn't already. He will feature as a role model in CAMS' junior membership programs 'Ricciardo's Racers' and 'Ricciardo's Rookies', which will be introduced in 2015.
"Whilst our competitor numbers are growing, we need to get young people involved in motor sport from an early age and we firmly believe this alliance with Daniel will help make motor sport appealing to a new generation of fans."
"Daniel is a delightful young man. Not only has he proven to be talented, but he's also got class and he is someone who the fans will connect to. The future is in good hands with Daniel and CAMS." Arocca said.