Caltex celebrates Clontarf partnership with Indigenous livery

(L-R) Craig Lowndes (TeamVortex driver), Gerard Neesham (Clontarf Foundation CEO), Daniel Thomson (Clontarf student and artist) and Adam Ritchie (Caltex executive general manager supply)
(L-R) Craig Lowndes (TeamVortex driver), Gerard Neesham (Clontarf Foundation CEO), Daniel Thomson (Clontarf student and artist) and Adam Ritchie (Caltex executive general manager supply)

Following Caltex Australia’s announcement that it has extended its partnership with Clontarf Foundation, motorsport legend Craig Lowndes has revealed an exclusive TeamVortex Indigenous livery for his racecar.

The renewed partnership sees Caltex continue to provide funding for the next three years to support the education and employment of Indigenous students around Australia.

In a gesture which highlights the partnership and pays tribute to the oldest continuous culture in the world, TeamVortex will race under the new colours at the Darwin Triple Crown Supercars Championships on June 17-19.

The livery was designed by Darwin Clontarf student, Daniel Thomson, and represents where he and his family go fishing for barramundi, including how they catch and cook the fish.

Caltex’s executive general manager of supply, Adam Ritchie, said that as a leading Australian company, Caltex had an important role to play in making a meaningful difference to the lives of Indigenous Australians.

“This is the sixth year we’ve partnered with Clontarf and we’re proud to continue our support of the foundation and the life changing work they do,” Mr Ritchie said.

“Caltex’s renewed partnership with Clontarf coincides with the launch of our refreshed Indigenous Employment Strategy, which will see us focus on building long-term capability by establishing a pipeline of talented Indigenous employees.”

Gerard Neesham, Clontarf Foundation CEO, said having the continued support of Caltex was essential in helping Indigenous students complete their schooling while opening the door for potential employment opportunities.

“It’s projects like this that really get the boys talking and excited. For the students, seeing a Supercar designed by one them, and also driven by the likes of Craig Lowndes, is a massive confidence boost and a memory they’ll have for life,” Mr Neesham said.

Lifting the covers off the bespoke TeamVortex design, team driver and six time Bathurst 1000 winner Mr Lowndes said he was honoured and proud to have partnered with Clontarf Foundation and is excited to take the new colours onto the track this weekend.

“I feel very special to be able to promote Caltex’s ongoing partnership with the Clontarf Foundation through such an inspired design, and what better place to embrace the Aboriginal culture and pay tribute,” Mr Lowndes said.

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