Supercars legend Craig Lowndes, together with Caltex Australia and the Clontarf Foundation, revealed TeamVortex’s very first special edition livery today ahead of the upcoming Supercars event in Darwin this weekend.
The #888 Holden Commodore, adorned with unique Indigenous artwork, was unveiled at Sanderson Middle School, which holds its own Clontarf Academy program.
Teamed with a brand new livery and suit, Craig Lowndes is ready to hit the track in his new colours.
“I feel very special to be able to promote Caltex’s ongoing partnership with the Clontarf Foundation through such an inspired design, and what better place to embrace the Aboriginal culture and pay tribute,” said Lowndes.
“As our first ever one-off team livery, I am pleased we could do something so creative and colourful. It is really going to stand out on the track.
“The Hidden Valley circuit is a special one for me; I claimed my 100th race win here last year, so I am excited to be back again and this time in some fresh new colours.”
Local student and artist Daniel Thomson created the original artwork that was transformed into the TeamVortex Commodore’s livery. The 14-year-old said the meaning behind the design was close to his heart.
The Indigenous culture shines through in Daniel’s design, with the artwork’s flow and formation telling the story of his family fishing by the banks of the river.
“The inspiration behind my artwork is fishing, as it is something I love doing. The significance is that it is a big part of my family, connecting with each other, and we love eating barramundi,” said Thomson.
“It is pretty cool to be working with Craig Lowndes, who is one of the greatest drivers in history. I feel proud that I did this artwork for Caltex Australia as they support the Clontarf Foundation, who supports me with my schooling education.”
Caltex Executive General Manager of Supply Adam Ritchie said the custom livery was a fantastic way to symbolise Caltex’s continued support of the Clontarf Foundation and the amazing work it does.
“As a leading Australian company, we have an important role to play in making a meaningful difference to the lives of Indigenous Australians,” said Ritchie.
“Caltex is proud to unveil the special TeamVortex livery today as we bring together our Supercars partnerships in support of the Clontarf Foundation.”
Clontarf FoundationChief Executive Officer Gerard Neesham is also very pleased with the collaboration.
“We are proud to have had Caltex as a major partner of Clontarf for a number of years now, and with the partnership, have come many fantastic opportunities that our boys have been able to participate in,” said Neesham.
“It is an enormous honour to have someone as prominent and well-known across the country as Craig Lowndes to represent Clontarf. He is a true Australian sporting champion, yet so down to earth and friendly, so a great fit for our Foundation.”
Merchandise carrying the design will be on sale throughout the weekend and online, with $2 of every purchase going to the Clontarf Foundation.
Craig Lowndes hits the track on Friday for two practice sessions ahead of another practice on Saturday before a qualifying session and a 120km race. Sunday will see the TeamVortex driver qualify a second time before the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout, which leads to a 200km mini marathon.