Triple Eight Race Engineering is thrilled to announce that Craig Lowndes has extended his contract for two years until the end of the 2025 season, marking an incredible 20-year milestone with the team in 2024.
The renewal signals the Brisbane-based team’s intention to continue fielding a wildcard program with Lowndes for Supercars’ endurance events for the next two years.
Lowndes is one of the most recognised and successful drivers of his time becoming a three-time Australian Touring Car Champion and seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner. Currently in his 19th year at the team, he holds the record for the longest tenure by any driver with a single team [outside of a team owner/driver].
Over his illustrious career with Triple Eight, Lowndesy has amassed 58 Championship race wins, 29 poles and 130 podium finishes. Along with four Sandown 500 wins and two Phillip Island 500 wins, the jewel in his Triple Eight crown is his six Bathurst 1000 wins, the last of which he achieved in 2018.
This year’s Bathurst 1000 will mark his 30th start at The Great Race and his 19th start with Triple Eight. Along with his six wins, in those previous 18 starts he’s scored nine podium finishes, 12 top five finishes and 14 top ten finishes.
Lowndesy will next feature at the team’s upcoming test day on September 4 at Queensland Raceway, before tackling the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 enduro events in the Supercheap Auto Racing wildcard entry alongside Zane Goddard.
Craig Lowndes, Driver, Triple Eight Race Engineering
“I’m absolutely delighted to be continuing my racing career with Triple Eight for the next two years and I’m excited to reach a 20-year milestone with the team in 2024.
“I’ve shared some amazing moments with Triple Eight over the past 18-and-a-half years, and I want to thank Jamie [Whincup], Jess [Dane] and the team for wanting to extend this successful partnership. It’s crazy to think we’ll be celebrating two decades together next year!
“When I retired from full time racing at the end of 2018, I always said that I wanted to continue to stay involved by fostering the next generation of Supercars racers, which I’ve been fortunate enough to do through the team’s wildcard program. It’s something that I find both professionally and personally rewarding and a way I can give back to the sport that has been such a big part of my life.
“For now, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming enduro season alongside Zane Goddard and can’t wait to hit the track for our upcoming test days in preparation for the Sandown 500 in September.”
Jamie Whincup, Team Principal, Triple Eight Race Engineering
“Lowndesy is obviously a huge part of Triple Eight’s DNA, and for him to continue his legacy with the team into a 20th year and beyond is truly remarkable.
“I’ve personally shared so many memories with Craig, highlighted by our Bathurst 1000 three-peat which I’ll cherish forever. We wouldn’t be where we are now without his contribution to the team and the sport as a whole.
“Lowndesy’s worth is just as valuable off the track as it is on it. His mentorship of the youth in our sport, as we’ve seen from the success of our Supercheap Auto Racing wildcard program over the past two years, has been unbelievable. For these young guns to have someone of Lowndesy’s caliber by their side sharing his race craft and experience is something they can only dream of.”