ONE Carroll out, one Carroll in.
That's how new formula 500 team 46 Motorsport has managed its first season.
Australian-raised American Danny Carroll arrived home in Warrnambool to kick-start the campaign before jetting home.
His older brother, Bushfield-based Will Carroll, will finish the season behind the driver's wheel.
Will, 25, is preparing for his second race for the team, including car owner Jason Willie.
He will navigate the Laang Speedway circuit on Saturday night, chasing a top-five finish or better in the Formula 500 Victorian title.
Will's racing career is long and varied. He's tackled go-karts, 410 sprintcars and had a stint in America competing on bitumen in the NASCAR Pro Late Model series.
He spent three years out of the sport, returning 10 months ago in a formula 500.
"Dirt is a lot more fun I reckon. You can move around the track a lot more on dirt and try different things," Will said.
"Asphalt is the same thing every lap."
Will is excited for the state title in the formula 500. The fact it's at Laang - on Warrnambool's outskirts - is a bonus.
He considers it "probably my favourite track to race at".
"It's probably my favourite class to race too. It's not as expensive as sprintcars and you just have as much fun in these as you do in sprintcars," Will said.
Jason said he was pleased he could interchange the Carroll brothers in the driver's seat.
He conceded 46 Motorsport had its issues at speedweek in January and is hopeful Danny will return for a second season next year.
"We had radiator trouble but we've pretty much got it all sorted now. Teething problems with a new car," Jason said.
"After the trouble we had throughout speedweek, it's like we sort of owe it to him.
"But as much trouble as he had in the seat, he still wouldn't change anything, being home for Christmas with his brothers and sisters."
Will said the car was now in tip-top racing condition.
"It's been really good, they've had everything here for me, just jump in and I'm ready to go," he said.
Will is one of 29 drivers entered in the Victorian title. Other south-west contenders include Jack Bell, Jarrod Woolstencroft, Jessica Moulden, Ryan O'Keefe, Leigh Van Ginneken, Jett Speed, Tim Rankin and Dylan Willsher.
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