Craig Lowndes says entering the garages of former Supercars rivals seeking information during race weekends has been "the weird part" of his new broadcasting role.
After 22 seasons of full-time competition, Lowndes steps back to PIRTEK Enduro Cup duties in 2019 with Jamie Whincup and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
The three-time champion has also joined the Fox Sports team, anchoring Supercars coverage with Jess Yates and Mark Skaife.
It comes with a shift in focus from his own performance to documenting the weekends of 24 drivers and 11 teams, and covering new ground up and down pitlane.
"That's probably the weird part for me, walking into other peoples' garages and finding out information," Lowndes told Supercars.com.
"Being in different teams at different times, it's still for me a little bit foreign because I'm still relatively fresh out of driving and all you had to do was focus on your own car and your own set-up.
"But now it's walking up and down pitlane and understanding 24 cars. That side of it is a little bit foreign for me at the moment.
"And I don't want to disrespect other teams. I try to be very polite, asking for the information I need and getting out and not just hanging around.
"It is a different world but that's part of the process. I need to understand what's going on, talking to drivers, finding out what issues they've got so I can report on it.
"It's no different to what Mark does, but that side of it is very different and a bit foreign for me at the moment, but I'm getting used to it.
"And talking to other drivers as a commentator, I think even Scotty McLaughlin found it a bit bizarre to start with, talking to me on issues that he has with the car and what he's facing, instead of seeing me as a competitor.
"I think it's two sides to it. Other drivers have found it a bit foreign and I'm finding it the same way."
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