Lowndesy drives California’s Highway 1 ‘Dream Drive’

This week Craig Lowndes has made a quick trip to the USA to celebrate the re-opening of California’s Highway 1 ‘Dream Drive’, a section of road that runs between San Francisco and San Diego on the West Coast of America.

The trip, as part of a Visit California tourism initiative saw Lowndes make a commemorative lap of the Laguna Seca track in Monterey before jumping in a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to joining the convoy down the coastal highway.

The re-opening comes after the 665 mile highway, built in the 1930s, was damaged in a major mudslide which closed a section of the highway near Big Sur since early-2017.

“As a racing driver and also a first-time visitor to beautiful California, this is a very special experience for me,” Lowndes said.

“I’ve ticked off two dreams in one go: hitting the track at legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and driving one of the most spectacular road trips in the world.”

The Dream Drive celebrates the reopening of Highway 1, California’s most epic road trip, Aug. 9, 2018, with a convoy of classic cars from Monterey to Morro Bay. Cars cross the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge while driving from Monterey to Big Sur.

Lowndesy will take the opportunity to take a break from racing during his trip to the US and is expecting to fit in some sightseeing before heading home again.

“My only times in the US is basically to Arizona where I did an Indy Lights test [in 1999], Supercars in Texas and that’s about it,” Lowndes told Supercars.com before leaving Australia.

“I’ve flown into LA as a hop, but other than that I haven’t had a chance to work my way down.

The Dream Drive celebrates the reopening of Highway 1, California’s most epic road trip, Aug. 9, 2018, with a convoy of classic cars from Monterey to Morro Bay.

“We’ll fly in, the first part of it will be with Visit California.

“Then the last three days we’ll have a chance to have a look around LA, catch up with some old friends – some Red Bull people are now based in California – and it gives us an opportunity to have a look around and then fly back.”

Lowndesy will return to Australia next week before heading south for the inaugural The Bend SuperSprint at Tailem Bend from August 24-26 2018.