Brodie Kostecki made three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013. While his goals were to learn the new type of racecar and contend for strong finishes, his primary focus was obtaining experience that would lead to bigger and better things in 2014.
Armed with a solid foundation from 2013, a strengthened team led by veteran NASCAR crew chief Doug George and the backing of Arcoplate, manufacturer of the world’s most wear-resistant fused-alloy steel plating, Kostecki is ready to make the jump into the next NASCAR K&N Pro Series East star.
Kostecki, 16, and his Team Arcoplate Racing organization will be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East full-time in 2014 with an eye towards capturing the Rookie of the Year title and contending for the series championship.
"Last year's experiences have definitely made us stronger as we go for the Rookie of the Year title in the K&N series," said Kostecki, a resident of Mooresville, North Carolina. "We went into the K&N series as a new team last year. We hadn't really experienced anything like those cars before. They're a lot heavier than the Late Models that I drove for a full season with the UARA series. It was a complete challenge both for the team and for me, especially being new to racing in the States.
"My main goal was to gain respect from my fellow competitors and the officials to make myself known for this year. All that has us ready to contend for Rookie of the Year and maybe also a championship."
Kostecki, after growing up in karts and Midgets around Australia, re-focused his racing efforts to the United States in recent years. The entire family relocated to the heart of stock car racing, Mooresville, North Carolina, to allow the 16-year-old to further pursue his stock car goals. The move paid off with successful runs both in the K&N Pro Series East and Late Model Stock Cars, including a UARA-STARS Late Model series victory at the famed Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina in 2013.
Armed with experience on one-mile speedways like Rockingham in Late Models and other fast-paced facilities such as Iowa Speedway and Richmond International Speedway in his 2013 K&N starts, Kostecki is prepared for all that his full rookie campaign in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has to offer.
"We've been doing a lot of studying and watching videos of tracks that we have never been to before," said Kostecki. "I've been able to see the lines and what the track does over the course of the race. Doug has been putting notes together for us so that when we go to the racetrack, we can hit a curveball. We've been gathering as much information as we can so that when we show up we can make our presence known. We want to be a top-tier team and we've put the right things in place to make that happen."
The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East features 16 events on everything from quarter-mile bullrings to one-mile speedways and treacherous road courses. The diversity of the schedule and the ultra-strong competition excites the Rookie of the Year contender.
"The high-speed, high-banked tracks are definitely my favorites, but I like that the K&N series has a really interesting mix of tracks that really challenge a driver. There's a few Nationwide and Truck teams that also have teams in the K&N series, so it's not like a normal Late Model race. You've got teams like Turner Scott and NTS fielding cars in the K&N series and there's some really stout drivers in the series now. It's going to be very tough to win races this year. You've got to make the best of your weak points, stay consistent and stay out of trouble."
Brodie Kostecki's 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kicks off with a twin-bill of events in Florida. The season starts February 16 at the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway, followed two days later on February 18 with the UNOH Battle at the Beach on a .4-mile track built on the back stretch of Daytona International Speedway. Both events will be televised. The February 18 Battle at the Beach at Daytona will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 7pm ET, while the K&N East opener at New Smyrna Speedway will air in a one-hour format at 9am on Saturday, February 22.
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