Craig Lowndes, the decorated Supercars racer, will retire from full-time racing at the end of 2018. Lowndes confirmed his retirement in a press conference on Friday following his 106th career win at the Townsville 400, Australia’s ABC News reported.
Lowndes, age 44, began his career in 1994 with the Holden Racing Team (HRT) and moved to a full-time racer in 1996. He won his first three championships that year and the racer followed up those wins with championship wins in 1998 and 1999 for HRT. Lowndes switched to Ford in 2000 before heading to Triple Eight Racing in 2005. Lowndes is also a six-time Bathurst champion.
He will remain with Triple Eight as an endurance co-driver through the end of his contract, which spills into 2019. He will also join the Supercars broadcast team.
Lowndes said it’s “the right time” to hang up his racing helmet full time and hopes he can land a fourth career championship this season before walking away from the Supercars series, formerly V8 Supercars.
“Thank you to all that have stood by me during my career, personally and professionally. But ultimately, you the fans are the backbone of our great sport and the reason I’ve pulled my helmet on every race weekend, so to you THANK YOU,” the racer tweeted.