Walkinshaw Andretti United has announced that it will continue to run its Indigenous Round liveries at the NTI Townsville 500 from July 8-10, through the Team’s partnership with KARI Foundation.
The designs across the Mobil 1 Optus Racing No. 25 and the Mobil 1 NTI Racing No. 2, which debuted at Supercars’ Indigenous Round at the Darwin Triple Crown, were designed by Brian ‘Deadly’ DeVries, a proud Wiradjuri Gunya man with ties to the Yuin Nation.
Brian is very passionate about sharing Aboriginal culture through traditional art, dance, and music. Brian uses painting as a platform for storytelling, as it provides a connection between people, places and environment.
The design across both cars, which was originally created to honour of the collaboration between Optus and KARI Foundation, is titled ‘Community Togetherness.’
It captures the journeys of travel coming together, the meeting places, the ripples of communication and the knowledge that is shared and is always plentiful.
The NTI Townsville 500 also ties in with NAIDOC Week. National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Nick Percat and Chaz Mostert will be on track on Friday July 8 for practice before two 250km races across the weekend.
“It’s fantastic to be able to continue to showcase our Indigenous liveries at the NTI Townsville 500, which importantly, also coincides with NAIDOC Week, a very important week in Australia.
“KARI Foundation’s support has been wonderful, and we are very excited about working with them into the future. Following this round, we will run an auction with all proceeds going to KARI Foundation, so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.
“Our entire partnership team has been fantastic in their support of the livery and programme, so a big thank you to them – the importance has been recognised and supported by everyone.
“Both cars looked incredible on track in Darwin, so I can’t wait to see them around the streets of Townsville in what is no doubt one of the events of the year.”