CRAIG Lowndes may have 634 career races under his belt but the fire is burning as bright as ever.
On Wednesday night Lowndes pulled the covers off his 2018 next-generation Holden Commodore at Autobarn Logan City.
The livery reveal was part of the launch of Autobarn Lowndes Racing, the new name for Lowndes’ operation at Brisbane-based Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Lowndes is coming off a mediocre 2017, finishing 10th overall in the championship standings and failing to win a race.
Despite his on-track struggles, the six-time Bathurst winner is still one of the championship’s most popular drivers and has no plans to hang up the helmet.
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At 43, Lowndes is at the back end of his career, but the rebranding of his team and new car has fired him up for the 2018 Supercars Championship.
“The team have worked hard over the off-season to get the new car ready and the fresh look of the livery on the new body shape is something to be excited about ahead of the season,” Lowndes said.
“The first race event in Adelaide couldn’t come quick enough for me and the team. I can’t wait to get out there and see what we can do in the car.
“Everyone back at the workshop has been working around the clock to get the car on the track and we couldn’t be happier with what they’ve done.”
Lowndes has had a 15-year association with Autobarn, prompting the team name change to incorporate the veteran’s name.
“We are thrilled to have Autobarn on board as they are a natural fit for the team and have shown tremendous support of the team and Craig for several years now,” Triple Eight boss Roland Dane said.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing the all-new race car.”
Lowndes will race the next-gen supercar for the first time at the Adelaide 500 from March 1-4.