Craig Lowndes hopes Chaz Mostert will take over his mantle as Supercars’ highest profile personality, following his own retirement from full-time driving.
Lowndes, 44, and Mostert, 26, have struck up a friendship over recent years, while racing for rival squads Triple Eight and Tickford Racing.
The retirement of Lowndes has left many questioning who will develop into the category’s most recognised current driver.
While Scott McLaughlin broke Lowndes’ stranglehold on the fan-voted most popular driver award, winning in 2017 and ’18, the veteran's profile remains unmatched.
Lowndes, who effectively took over from his mentor Peter Brock in the late 1990s, believes the championship is in good hands with a number of young stars.
“There are people like Chaz, like Toddy Hazelwood – he's a good young kid, fighting hard to make it his job,” Lowndes said of the next generation.
“You've got (Jack) Le Brocq, he's been instrumental on the rookie side of things (leading the five rookies in 2018).
“Even Davey Reynolds, he's a character of the sport. And we need that. We need those personalities.
“Whoever it will be will be their own personality. That's the thing. I was never Brock, I was just me.
“Yes I had a lot of similar traits to Brock, I learnt a lot from him which is why I'm probably very similar, but I'm me, and whoever is next will be them.
“Hopefully it is a Chazzy. We go go-karting a lot, we're good mates. Hopefully I can teach him a few things.”
Mostert had Lowndes sign his race suit during the retiring legend’s farewell ceremony prior to the Newcastle finale.
They swapped shirts and posed for photos post-race, with Mostert describing Lowndes as a "friend and mentor".
What a tough year for us, but this is probably my most memorable moment of the year with this big guy! Such an awesome friend and mentor, I’ve always looked up to him and to exchange shirts on your last full time year was so special 😊🙌🏼 Thanks for being you @craiglowndes888 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3BT0V391Dz