Alex Davison will try to revive his stalled career in the next round of the United Sportscar Championship at Elkhart Lake in the United States this weekend.
The former full-time V8 Supercars and Carrera Cup driver has been handed a surprise invitation to join expat Australian David Calvert-Jones in the round at the renowned Road America course.
Davison and Calvert-Jones, grandson of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, will drive a Porsche 911 GTD in the 2 hour, 45 minute race.
The offer to link with Calvert-Jones will give Davison, who will join brother Will Davison at Erebus for the Pirtek Enduro Cup in September-October, a rare drive this year after he lost his full-time V8 seat with Team Jeld-Wen.
“I'm excited about it. I want it to open some doors,” Davison told Speedcafe.com
“This is the first year I've had where I have had no racing.
“It just came out of the blue. These opportunities come up and it's great of CJ (Calvert-Jones) to get me over to drive with him.
“Since I haven't had a full time drive this year I've been exploring every opportunity possible to try and get a race here or there overseas.
“The opportunities are limited in Australia.”
He last raced in the US in 2008 when he finished second at Sebring in a Flying Lizard Porsche and at Long Beach in a Farnbacher Porsche in the American Le Mans Series.
“I haven't been over there for so many years I'm sort of out of the circle,” said Davison.
“This is a cool opportunity to go and show my face over there.
“It's one of my favourite tracks in the world – Elkhart Lake – it's pretty iconic.
“It would be fantastic to do some more racing overseas.”
Davison and Calvert-Jones have combined at the at the previous two Bathurst 12 Hour races, crewing a 997 Porsche Cup car to ninth outright and second in class along with top American driver Patrick Long earlier this year.
His US-based cousin James Davison will contest the same class when he shares a V12 Vantage Aston Martin with Al Carter.