Brodie Kostecki Joins Richard Childress Racing for Indy Road Course Cup Debut
The Australian Supercars championship contender will pilot a third entry for Richard Childress Racing, No. 33, in the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Road Course.
Brodie Kostecki, the current second-place driver in Australian Supercars point standings, will travel to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, in hopes of emulating the performance of Shane Van Gisbergen.
The 25-year-old driver, who drives full-time for Erebus Motorsports in Supercars, will join forces with Richard Childress Racing, piloting the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on August 13.
"I am thrilled to be making my NASCAR Cup debut at the Brickyard," said Kostecki in a release from Supercars. "It's an honor to compete at such an iconic venue and against some of the best names in motorsport. I'm incredibly grateful to RCR for giving me this opportunity and I'm determined to make the most of it."
A native of Perth, Australia, Kostecki is no stranger to NASCAR, having contested a short stint in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (now ARCA Menards Series East) between 2013 and 2014, where he scored one top-five, four top-10s, and two pole positions.
"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 sport's heartland of North Carolina," Kostecki continued. "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.”
Sponsorship for the effort will come from MobileX, which uses artificial intelligence to predict how much data customers need, delivering a dramatic reduction in cost while ensuring reliable speed and service.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our first sponsorship within NASCAR with international star driver Brodie Kostecki and the Richard Childress MobileX race team,” MobileX founder and CEO Peter 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 Brodie.”
VAILO, an advanced technology company based in Australia, will also serve as a partner for Kostecki in his Cup Series debut with Richard Childress Racing.
"VAILO is excited to support Brodie as he makes his debut into NASCAR,” said VAILO founder and CEO Aaron Hickmann. “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 Bend Dragway and the VAILO Adelaide 500, and we look forward to showing our capabilities at speedways in the US.”
The official announcement of Kostecki's NASCAR Cup Series debut comes just two weeks after Shane Van Gisbergen - who currently sits fourth in Supercars points - scored the victory in the inaugural Grant Park 220 at the Chicago Street Course.
For Richard Childress Racing, which fields full-time entries in the NASCAR Cup Series for Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon, Indianapolis will mark the first time this season that the organization will field a third entry.
“Brodie Kostecki is a young, promising driver and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in the No. 33 MobileX Chevrolet with Richard Childress Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “Brodie’s background in the V8 Supercar Championship will suit him well in NASCAR Cup Series racing, especially on Indy’s road course configuration.”
The organization will look to score back-to-back victories at the road course layout of one of the United States' most historic venues after Tyler Reddick scored the win in the 2022 running of the event.
Kostecki will join Kamui Kobayashi as the two confirmed open entries for the series' annual trip to Indianapolis. Kobayashi will pilot the No. 67 for 23XI Racing.