On the eve of the Sydney 500, V8 Supercars driver and lifelong Panthers fan James Courtney has been unveiled as a 2016 VIP (Very Important Panther) Member.

Born in Penrith, Courtney's overwhelming passion for the Panthers endures despite his successful racing career taking the 35-year-old to all parts of the country.

Panthers stars Bryce Cartwright, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Isaah Yeo will be attending the Sydney 500 this weekend to meet fans and cheer Courtney on.

The three players will be in the Family Zone at Sydney Olympic Park between 12pm-2pm this Saturday, and 11am-1pm this Sunday.

For more information and tickets, visit the Sydney 500 website here.