Tasmanian steerer Owen Kelly will grid-up alongside fellow Tasmanian Marcos Ambrose at Watkins Glen in New York State on August 11.
Both will be racing head-to-head in the premier level of US NASCAR racing, the Sprint Cup series.
Kelly, who has spent the past six years splitting his time between Australia and the US, has built a strong reputation in NASCAR ‘road course’ racing.
In recent years he has picked up drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the second tier NASCAR Nationwide Series.
He recently qualified on the front row at Road America and finished fourth there.
He’s now got the invitation to move up a notch and take the seat in car No.51 with Phoenix Racing. This will have him gridding up at the famed New York State track in the full Sprint Cup Series.
Kelly, 35, will be joining the grid alongside Ambrose, 36, who drives the No.9 DeWalt Stanley Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports
Kelly could do worse than take a few tips from his fellow ‘apple islander’. Ambrose, a two-time winner at Watkins Glen, scooped his first Cup Series win there in 2011.
That win made him the first Australian driver to win at NASCAR’s premier level; proving it was no fluke, he backed it up with a last lap win in 2012.
Owen Kelly is well known to fans of V8 Supercar Racing; he has raced at Bathurst, Targa, and most things in-between from Go-Karts through open-wheelers.
There will be more than a few Tasmanians following the heroics of Kelly and Ambrose when the flag drops on August 11.