Kostecki’s highly anticipated NASCAR debut in the premier tier will finally take place at the Verizon 200 on the Indianapolis road course on August 13, as previously speculated.
He’ll do so in a third Richard Childress Racing (RCR) entry backed by Peter Adderton’s MobileX company. He will race alongside teammates Austin Dillon and two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.
RCR are the defending winners at Indianapolis, taking victory in 2022 with then-driver Tyler Reddick.
The deal comes as part of an alliance of sorts between Kostecki’s Erebus team in Australia and RCR, Kostecki having been part of an Erebus delegation that visited the States earlier this year.
Kostecki expressed his excitement about making his NASCAR Cup debut at the Brickyard.
“I feel privileged to participate in a renowned location and compete against some of the most prominent figures in the world of motorsport.”
“I am extremely thankful to RCR for providing me with this chance, and I am committed to maximizing its potential.”
Kostecki does have experience racing in the NASCAR system, having spent part of his childhood in the US and two seasons in the K&N Pro (now ARCA East) Series in 2013 and 2014.
He achieved two pole positions and achieved one top-five and four top-10 finishes in his 16 career starts. His highest career finish of fifth place occurred at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway in 2014.
He expressed that racing is the central focus of his life and achieving a career in NASCAR has been a lifelong aspiration, especially since he grew up in North Carolina, which is known as the heartland of the sport.
“I cannot reword”
During our recent trip, we had the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the team’s inner workings. I am eagerly looking forward to fully integrating myself into the team as a Cup Series driver.
I am extremely grateful to MobileX, Erebus, VAILO, Shaw & Partners, Southern Cross Truck Rentals, and all my supporting partners for their invaluable support and collaboration.
Kostecki is currently in the running for his first Supercars championship, holding the second position in the rankings, with only a seven-point difference from his Erebus teammate Will Brown.
The NASCAR cameo isn’t being seen as a distraction, though, with Erebus boss Barry Ryan welcoming the additional seat time.
Ryan expressed that they have consistently supported Brodie in his desire to seek out additional racing opportunities.
“Granting him the opportunity to delve into and excel in diverse racing fields not only enhances his abilities but also contributes to the overall development and triumph of our team.”
Earlier this month, Shane van Gisbergen, a renowned Supercars driver, gained significant attention for his victory in the inaugural NASCAR race held on the Chicago Street Course.