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Supercars leaders Erebus Motorsport is set for a trip Stateside to work with NASCAR squad Richard Childress Racing.

Erebus leads the teams’ and drivers’ championships after three rounds, with Brodie Kostecki leading by 100 points.

Ahead of the next round in Darwin, Erebus staff will travel to World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois for the NASCAR Cup Series race.

Former Supercars engineer Andrew Dickinson now works for RCR on Kyle Busch’s car, and was key to the “affiliation”.

It comes after Shane van Gisbergen’s NASCAR cameo with Trackhouse Racing’s Project91 was confirmed.

“We’re going over there in a few weeks to visit a team we’ve got a small affiliation with,” Erebus CEO Barry Ryan explained.

“So we’re doing a bit more research while we’re over there.

“We have got a bit of an affiliation with [RCR] just through Andrew Dickinson. He’s one of the engineers of Kyle Busch’s car.

“He used to work for [Super2 team owner] Terry Wyhoon, so we went there last year for the Darlington race.

Erebus Motorsport’s Barry Ryan, Tim Edwards from Tickford Racing, and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Bruce Stewart were on hand and discussed numerous topics including drivers racing overseas, Gen3 progress, up and coming Supercars talents, and more – Photo: Supercars

“I saw [Martin Truex Jr’s crew chief] James Small as well of course, I’m good mates with James.”

RCR last won a Cup Series title in 1994, with Dale Earnhardt winning six of his seven titles with Childress’s team.

The team returned to victory lane in 2023 with new recruit Busch, who is one of the early favourites for this year’s championship.

Kostecki has a history in NASCAR, having raced Stateside as a teenager, and has also expressed his desire to make cameo appearances.

Ryan is open to more Kostecki starts, but reiterated that finalising such a deal will be up to the driver.

Brodie on the Perth Podium

“It’s great to go there and just see how they do it. We might not get much out of it, but a professional team like that, surely we can learn something,” Ryan added about RCR.

“Obviously road course stuff is really important to them… if they can help out their drivers on road course stuff, well it could be a good thing for them as well.

“That’s the way we’re looking at it — to see if our drivers can show them something on turning right as well as left.

“In NASCAR, you have just got to win a race to get into the chase, so it’s really important for the road course stuff.”

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint this weekend.

Supercars will hit the track for the first time today for Practice 1 at 9:00am local time.


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