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Brown details last-minute American call-up

IT was Wednesday afternoon when Will Brown got the call to hop on a plane to the United States the following morning.

The destination? Austin, Texas, for the World Racing League final at Circuit of The Americas.

Brown is substituting for Brodie Kostecki, who was ruled out due to needing his tonsils removed.

Instead, it will be Brown who drives for Richard Childress Racing, sharing a purpose-built car with the famous American squad’s NASCAR Cup Series aces Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.

“First of all, thanks to Brodie for getting sick! It’s helped me have a drive, but hopefully he gets better quickly,” Brown told V8 Sleuth from the US.

“Literally I think it was Wednesday afternoon, about three or four o’clock, I got the phone call saying, ‘Brodie is sick, can you jump on a flight tomorrow morning?’

“Obviously it’s fantastic to drive with Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch and all the guys at RCR.

“I think they’re just looking at doing more laps because they obviously race at COTA.

“It’s a fun trip, I get to travel over here and race at a new track. I’m really excited about it.”

The event will mark Brown’s first official race outside of Australia and New Zealand, his only prior such experience abroad being the Road to Indy Shootout he contested as a prize for finishing runner-up in the 2016 Australian Formula Ford Series.

Brown is very much settled in Australia, locked in at Triple Eight until the end of 2026, but is open to international cameos here or there.

“To be honest, I’m not really looking at America or anything on that side, but just looking at doing more racing,” he said.

“Hopefully next year I can do a few GT races outside of Australia.

“Doing this race is fantastic and if the opportunity ever came up to do a race over here, I would definitely jump at it straightaway.”

Action at COTA starts Friday local time, with an eight-hour race to come on each of the Saturday and Sunday.

“I don’t know a whole lot about the car. I know they have built a brand-new car that is based off an Xfinity car,” said Brown.

“I have seen one photo of it and it looks like they have done a fantastic job with the build. But I won’t know a lot until I get to the track tomorrow.”

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