Erebus Motorsport driver Brodie Kostecki has confirmed he will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut next month.
Kostecki’s NASCAR Cup debut will come the only time each year that IndyCar and NASCAR combine their series at one racetrack.
The 25-year-old will race in the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, at the Indianapolis Road Course on August 13.
Kostecki, who currently sits only 7-points behind his teammate in second in the Driver’s standings, will race the Richard Childress Racing MobileX No.33 Camaro.
“I am thrilled to be making my NASCAR Cup debut at the Brickyard,” Kostecki said.
“It’s an honour to compete at such an iconic venue and against some of the biggest names in motorsport.
“I’m incredibly grateful to RCR for giving me this opportunity and I’m determined to make the most of it.”
Kostecki has been long linked to a NASCAR cameo, having revealed intentions last year before talks started with Richard Childress Racing & his manager Nathan Cayzer in April.
It is part of a growing relationship between Erebus and RCR, forged through Image Racing’s Terry Wyhoon.
Most recently, Kostecki, along with his manager and teammates – driver Will Brown and Erebus race engineers George Commins and Tom Moore – paid a visit to the NASCAR heavyweights in the United States last month.
Kostecki’s ties to NASCAR run deeper still, having done a stint in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series throughout 2013 and 2014 – securing two poles, one track record and one top five finish across 14 races.
“Racing is at the core of everything I do, and NASCAR has been a lifelong goal of mine after spending years growing up in the sports heartland in North Carolina.
“It’s a whole different world over there and any additional time I can spend racing is only going to help me try and win my first Supercars Championship.
“We got some great exposure to the inner sanctum of the team during our recent trip, and I cannot wait to immerse myself in the team, this time as a Cup Series driver.
“I can’t thank MobileX, Erebus, VAILO, Shaw & Partners, Southern Cross Truck Rentals and all my supporting partners enough for coming on board.”
Erebus CEO Barry Ryan says he has always encouraged Kostecki to “race as much as he can”. “We have always encouraged Brodie’s pursuit of more racing opportunities,” Ryan said.
“Providing him with the chance to explore and excel in various racing disciplines not only enhances his skills but also contributes to the overall growth and success of our team.”
The No.33’s major backer will be MobileX, via Kostecki’s long-term relationship with CEO Peter Adderton.
“As founder of Boost Mobile and now founder and CEO of MobileX Global we couldn’t be more excited about sponsoring out first NASCAR with international star driver Brodie Kostecki with the Richard Childress MobileX race team,” Adderton said.
“MobileX is all about saving American consumers money on their wireless bill, by using AI to help you know what data you need before you need it.
“MobileX is about being authentic, real and being yourself so there is no better fit than NASCAR as the first outing of the MobileX.”
The No.33 will also be backed by Australian advanced technology company VAILO, as they make their move into America.
“VAILO is excited to support Brodie as he makes his debut into NASCAR,” VAILO CEO and Founder Aaron Hickmann said.
“In parallel with Brodie’s journey, VAILO is also venturing into the United States and has strategic plans to expand its operations in Texas within the next year.
“We have demonstrated our expertise in motorsport here in Australia, particularly with the recent installation of our lights and digital displays at the Dragway at The Bend and the VAILO Adelaide 500, and we look forward to showing our capabilities at speedways in the U.S.”
Kostecki will head to Charlotte after the upcoming Sydney SuperSprint before racing in Indianapolis.
Kostecki will make his NASCAR Cup debut a week out from the OTR SuperSprint alongside RCR regulars Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.
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