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Ford V8 Stars Come Face to Face With the Tiger

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Tiger Woods with Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup

MEDIA RELEASE 20 April 2006

Ford V8 Stars Come Face to Face With the Tiger

Team Betta Electrical stars Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup today spent some time with the world's most recognised sportsman, Tiger Woods.

In Auckland for this weekend's second round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, Lowndes and Whincup shared some brief driving tips with Woods. Woods will drive in a celebrity speedway challenge at the Huntly Speedway on Monday evening.

Woods has been asked to take part in the event by his golfing caddie Steve Williams. A native New Zealander, Williams is rumoured to be getting married this weekend outside Auckland. Williams has been a national Speedway champion in New Zealand and still races part-time.

Woods and Williams will drive stock sedans in an event aimed at raising money for young New Zealand sporting talent.

Woods had photos taken with the Ford stars as well as arriving and leaving in a Ford Explorer.

"He's someone I'd always wanted to meet," said Lowndes.

"Without doubt he's the world's most recognised athlete, and it was a big thrill to share some time with him.

"I've now had my time with the Tiger – now I need to concentrate on taming the Holden lion at the race track this weekend."

"I understand that he might be having a look at the V8 Supercars at track this weekend. I'm sure he'll get a far greater appreciation for what we do. I play a little golf, and I can tell you I certainly admire what he has achieved."

Championship leader Jamie Whincup was thrilled to meet Woods.

"Hey I thought Craig Lowndes was popular, and then I meet Tiger Woods," said Whincup.

"He's very determined to do well in the celebrity race on Monday. Obviously he gives everything 100% whether it's golf, driving or fishing.

"I've been on a high since winning last month in Adelaide, after this morning I'm even higher! I'll get my feet back on the ground tomorrow when we have our opening practice session."

The V8 Supercars will have three individual races this weekend at Pukekohe, including a reverse-grid race on Sunday morning.


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