Lowndes helps re-open California highway

Three-time Supercars champion Craig Lowndes has helped re-open a widen of California’s Highway 1 that runs between San Francisco and San Diego on a US West Coast.

Lowndes was invited to a launch by a Visit California tourism body, and flew out to San Francisco on Tuesday, following final weekend’s Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300.

He visited Laguna Seca Raceway and was afterwards partial of a procession of 80 vehicles down a coastal highway to Morro Bay in a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Highway 1 dates behind to a 1930s and spans 665 miles, though a widen nearby Big Sur has until recently been sealed given early-2017 due to repairs incurred in a vital mudslide.

“As a racing motorist and also a first-time caller to pleasing California, this is a really special knowledge for me,” Lowndes said.

“I’ve ticked off dual dreams in one go: attack a lane during mythological WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and pushing one of a many fantastic highway trips in a world.”

Travelling with mother Lara, a outing is a singular revisit to a US for Lowndes, with his others entrance in movement or for racing.

The span will spend roughly a week away, before a handful of days during home in Brisbane forward of a subsequent Supercars eventuality during a new Tailem Bend trickery in South Australia.

“My usually times in a US is fundamentally to Arizona where we did an Indy Lights exam [in 1999], Supercars in Texas and that’s about it,” Lowndes told Supercars.com before withdrawal Australia.

“I’ve flown into LA as a hop, though other than that we haven’t had a possibility to work my approach down.

“We’ll fly in, a initial partial of it will be with Visit California.

“Then a final 3 days we’ll have a possibility to have a demeanour around LA, locate adult with some aged friends – some Red Bull people are now formed in California – and it gives us an event to have a demeanour around and afterwards fly back.”

Ultimately settling on a two-door Corvette, Lowndes remarkable there was a different operation of machine adult for grabs, with a swift featuring cars travelling 8 decades to compare Highway 1.

“They sent a list of vehicles that were on offer,” he said. “One of them was a DeLorean another one was a Volkswagen Kombi car though what we’ve finished adult with is a Stingray.”

Having finished fourth in Sydney final Saturday night, Lowndes – stepping behind from full-time pushing during a finish of this year – is fourth in a Supercars standings.

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