Lowndes: I Feel the Need-the Need for V8 Supercar Speed
In the hallowed ranks of the AFL, a player who surpasses the 300-game milestone is considered most accomplished, and rightly so, given that a career-ending mishap is a possibility every time he or she sets boot on oval. Motor racing is different; the same risks apply, combined with the all too real prospect of life leaving in a lump of twisted, burning metal.
This is why it is almost impossible to fathom the impressive milestone V8 Supercar legend Craig Lowndes will realise when he climbs into his car to become the first driver to compete in 600 races.
With a resume that would suggest that Lowndes deserves to spend his time taking leisurely spins in the family conveyance, he has said that he fully intends to continue racing beyond next year. He has expressed interest in a new contract with Triple Eight Race Engineering after his commitment through 2017 is fulfilled.
Lowndes made his inaugural racing appearance in 1994 at the Sandown 500 for the Holden Racing Team. He is now 42 and plans to enjoy his status as the founding member of the 600 club. Make that founding and only.
He is not merely driving, either, in the passing lane with his blinker on. He is in contention to win the championship for the first time since 1999.