Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing poses with Wings for Life ambassadors on Tan Track in the Royal Botanic Gardens during a Wings for Life World Run media event Photographer Credit Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

(ISN) – Melbourne – Only a few days before the new Formula One season, Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo was getting used to the idea of having a car chasing him from behind.

The Australian driver, who opens his Formula One campaign on his home track at Melbourne this weekend, has been preparing for the 2015 Wings for Life World Run by road testing a new App which simulates a Catcher Car helping your training sessions.
The Wings for Life World Run is a global running event on May 3, 2015 in which athletes in 35 locations start running at the same time. The race has no finish line but competitors are pursued by a Catcher Car, the last runner to be caught is the winner.

“They told me there was a driver who could beat me and the logical thing to think was: challenge accepted,” joked Ricciardo, who won three Formula One races in an outstanding 2014 season. Ricciardo, third in the world championship last year, was putting the App through its paces in a preparation session at the Tan Track venue in the Victorian capital.


Daniel Ricciardo poses for a portrait infront of the chase car during the Daniel Ricciardo x Wings for Life World Run activation at the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

Photographer CreditMark Dadswell for Wings for Life World Run

Introduced in March 2015, the Wings for Life World Run App is the perfect way to prepare for race day as it simulates the Catcher Car following the runner. Voice cues tell the user that the Catcher Car has started and continue to update him or her about how far away the virtual car is.

“To say it’s fun would be an understatement. Once the app tells you that the Catcher Car is chasing you, it feels like the real thing. You almost look over your shoulder to see how far away it is from you,” said Ricciardo, who usually prefers cycling to running as a training routine.

Ricciardo and Surf Ironman champion Matt Poole were joined by Wings for Life World Run ambassadors Rhiannon Tracey and Josh Wood – two inspiring Australians – who suffered spinal cord injuries and joined the Wings for Life cause in the hope of raising awareness and funds for further research.