Brodie Kostecki is set to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend, driving for Richard Childress Racing.
Three-time Australian Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen recently made his NASCAR Cup Series debut for Trackhouse Racing Team’s PROJECT91 in the inaugural race at the new Chicago Street Course and became the first driver to win on debut since 1963.
Ever since his victory in the series’ first ever street course race, there has been speculation regarding which internationally renowned drivers could be next to compete in a race at NASCAR’s top level.
Now another Australian Supercars race winner is already set to make his Cup Series debut, though it won’t be with the Justin Marks and Pitbull-owned team.
Richard Childress Racing recently signed Brodie Kostecki to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Kostecki, a two-time Supercars race winner who currently leads the championship standings, has hinted about his upcoming Cup Series debut for quite some time.
The 25-year-old Australian is set to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet in this 82-lap Verizon 200 at the Brickyard around the 13-turn, 2.439-mile (3.925-kilometer) road course in Speedway, Indiana, joining full-time teammates Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet) and Kyle Busch (No. 8 Chevrolet).
He is set to compete with sponsorship from cellular carrier MobileX and Australian-based technology company VAILO.
The No. 33 entry is a non-chartered entry which has not appeared in a Cup Series race since last August, when Xfinity Series driver Austin Hill made his series debut at Michigan International Speedway.
Continuing the trend of international stars competing in the Cup Series for the first time, Kamui Kobayashi is also set to make his series debut in this race, driving the No. 67 Toyota for 23XI Racing. Van Gisbergen is also set to return for a second start behind the wheel of the No. 91 Chevrolet.
DraftKings Sportsbook, which is now offering fans an instant $150 for signing up and betting $5, lists Kostecki at +2000 to win Sunday’s race.
The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard is set to be broadcast live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on NBC starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 13. If you have yet to begin a free trial of FuboTV, do so now!