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Craig Dontas | The hustler's story - From marbles to Supercars

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On today’s episode we’ve got utes legend, Craig Dontas. These days he’s known for being a part of the Supercars landscape as the Head of Commercial Sales and Sponsorships. There was a little hiccup recording due to Hooly getting over excited but have no fear the episode goes beyond the hour thirty mark. You will hear about Craig’s racing career from start to finish in production cars, Stadium Super Trucks, Aussie Race Cars, Trans Am, V8 Utes and into SuperUtes. Plus, we get into the nitty gritty of:

  • The reality of juggling racing, life and work. Is it too much?
  • Was NASCAR always bound to fail in Australia? Is it coming back?
  • Supercars politics, talent, sponsorships + more
  • What it was like growing up with Peter Brock 
  • We relive the Shannons Supercar Showdown reality TV experience
  • Wild Stadium Super Trucks stories 
  • Plus, racing prod sports, utes, Trans Am & Aussie Racing Cars 

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⭐️ TIMECODES ⭐️ ➡ 

00:00 - Show Teaser

01:10 - Show Intro

2:20 - Episode Intro

3:00 - What’s going on at Sydney Supercars (we filmed July 29)

08:00 - Hooly FINALLY got Craig on the couch!

09:30 - Owning and racing Trans Am Team with Elliott Barbour

10:45 - Shannons Supercar Showdown - Oh we remember!

14:25 - Has Supercars lost its way? 

20:20 - NASCAR, SVG and what does this mean for future Aussie talent?

23:00 - Do we allow NASCAR drivers to race in Supercars with NO SUPER LICENSE?

29:00 - Hustling to fund go-karts as a teenager

33:00 - Racing Production Cars

35:00 - Growing up with Peter Brock 

38:00 - The juggling game ~ Work, Life and Racing

41:00 - Career journey from marbles hustler to Supercars (Head of Sales & Sponsorships)

43:00 - Have sponsors' attitudes towards Supercars changed?

50:00 - How would you change Supercars? 

57:00 - COVID groundhog days

01:02:00 - Toyota 86 Series fostering talent 

01:05:00 - Getting to know Craig’s family

01:09:00 - Overcoming anxiety and seeking support 

01:14:00 - Memories of first Bathurst ‘85

01:17:00 - Becoming mates with Elliot Barbour

01:18:30 - Was NASCAR always bound to fail in Australia?

01:20:00 - Are opportunities for women in motorsports improving? 

01:28:30 - Who will win the Sydney Supernight?


01:34:04 - Bringing Stadium Super Trucks to Australia ~ Wild stories

01:45:55 - Best category to race…Can you guess? - 12min

01:47:03 - Old V8 Brutes or Super Utes? +2min

01:49:16 - Trans Am to replace SuperUtes? + secret squirrel talk

01:51:03 - Cost to race SuperUtes

01:54:12 - The OFFICIAL podcast wrap-up…finally!


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