Sydney: TeamVodafone preview

TeamVodafone turn pink for Sydney 500 showdown Following Vodafone's successful launch of the 2010 TeamVodafone calendar 'Shifting Gear' in aid of the McGrath Foundation, the team and its naming rights sponsor have gone one step further and...

TeamVodafone turn pink for Sydney 500 showdown

Following Vodafone's successful launch of the 2010 TeamVodafone calendar 'Shifting Gear' in aid of the McGrath Foundation, the team and its naming rights sponsor have gone one step further and traded the already-vibrant rocket red paint for McGrath Foundation pink.

In addition to Vodafone's commitment, another of the team's partners, Norton from Symantec, is also supporting the charity which places McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia as well as educating young women to be breast aware. Thanks to the Norton customers in Australia, Norton are donating $140,000 to the McGrath Foundation.

Further funds will be raised for the McGrath Foundation when Vodafone auctions a panel from each of the racecars on eBay following the event.

While their new livery is sure to create some hype, every position and point will be crucial as Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes attempt to defend both driver's and teams' championships at this weekend's season-ending Sydney 500.

While Whincup has built a prominent lead in the race for his second successive title, the gap to the Holden Racing Team in the teams' showdown is just a single point.The pilots of car #1 and car #888 are both eager to challenge for wins on the streets of Sydney Olympic Park and are confident that the crew has the experience to adapt to the new circuit.

"The Sydney 500 will be a very special event for us, we are not only shooting for back-to-back championships but also for the accolade of being the first to win this flagship event," said Whincup.

"We have worked hard all season to build a lead and there won't be any conserving or holding back this weekend.

"It has been a two-way battle for teams' championship honours this year and I'm confident that myself and Craig have the form on our side to retain the necessary margin."

Whincup sits atop the standings on 3175 points and only needs to finish one of the two, 250km races to claim his second title.The winner of the most recent race of the championship in Perth, Lowndes is hungry to cap off a consistent year with further podium placings.

"We'd really love to finish this year on a high to thank our team, sponsors and fans for their support," said Lowndes."

Earlier this year we saw the introduction of the hugely successful Townsville street race and Sydney looks set to be even bigger, especially with such a carnival atmosphere.

"Our goal is to stay ahead of HRT and do the double with back-to-back title wins, it would be a fitting way to end another great season."

The event gets underway on Friday with the first ever practice session for V8 Supercars.Qualifying, the Top Ten Shootout and the first race will follow on Saturday, with Sunday hosting the final race of the event and the 2009 season.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup
Teams Holden Racing Team