The long-time speculation has been confirmed. Kostecki is set to make his maiden appearance in the premier NASCAR division at the Indianapolis road course’s Verizon 200 on August 13.
This venture will be backed by Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Peter Adderton’s MobileX company, where he will be racing as the third entry. Joining him on the track will be teammates Austin Dillon and the two-time NASCAR Cup Series victor, Kyle Busch.
RCR holds the honour of being the last year’s winners at Indianapolis, thanks to their then-driver Tyler Reddick in 2022.
This opportunity results from a strategic alliance between Kostecki’s Erebus team in Australia and RCR. Kostecki had previously visited the US as part of an Erebus delegation.
“Taking my first step into the NASCAR Cup at the legendary Brickyard leaves me beyond excited,” stated Kostecki.
“It is an honour to be racing at such a prestigious location and competing against some of the most renowned names in motorsport.
“I’m extremely thankful to RCR for this opportunity and am completely committed to making the most out of it.”
Kostecki is no stranger to the NASCAR circuit, having spent part of his childhood in the US and participating in the 2013 and 2014 seasons of the K&N Pro (now ARCA East) Series.
His career portfolio includes 16 starts, two pole wins, a top-five finish, and four top-10 finishes. His best result, a fifth-place finish, was at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway in 2014.
“Motorsport has always been my passion, and NASCAR has always been an aspiration of mine, especially after growing up in North Carolina, the epicentre of the sport,” he elaborated.
“It’s a vastly different experience there, and the more time I can spend racing, the more equipped I will be in my quest for my first Supercars championship.
“We gained some valuable insights into the team’s inner workings during our recent visit, and I’m eager to dive into the team once again, this time as a Cup Series driver.
“I want to express my gratitude towards MobileX, Erebus, VAILO, Shaw & Partners, Southern Cross Truck Rentals and all my supporting partners for their support.”
Kostecki is in a fierce competition for his first-ever Supercars title, standing second in the current rankings, just seven points behind his Erebus colleague Will Brown.
Erebus boss Barry Ryan does not consider this NASCAR cameo as a distraction but an opportunity for Kostecki to gain more racing experience.
“Brodie’s ambition to expand his racing opportunities has always been encouraged by us,” Ryan noted.
“By providing him with the opportunity to experience and excel in various racing disciplines, not only do we enhance his skills, but we also contribute to our team’s overall growth and success.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Kostecki’s NASCAR debut
When is Kostecki making his debut in NASCAR?
Kostecki will make his debut in the premier NASCAR division at the Indianapolis road course’s Verizon 200 on August 13.
Who is backing Kostecki’s venture into NASCAR?
Kostecki’s venture into NASCAR is backed by Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Peter Adderton’s MobileX company.
Has Kostecki participated in any NASCAR race before?
Yes, Kostecki has prior experience in the NASCAR circuit. He spent part of his childhood in the US and participated in the 2013 and 2014 seasons of the K&N Pro (now ARCA East) Series.
How did Kostecki’s alliance with the Erebus team come about?
The alliance came about as part of a strategic move between Kostecki’s Erebus team in Australia and RCR. Kostecki had been part of an Erebus delegation that visited the States earlier in the year.
Is Kostecki’s NASCAR debut seen as a distraction from his Supercars championship race?
No, Erebus boss Barry Ryan views this opportunity as a chance for Kostecki to gain more racing experience and does not consider it a distraction. He believes it will contribute to the overall growth and success of the Erebus team.