Baird will drive the car which Aaren Russell had driven prior to his split with the Erebus team, a car the Novacastrian youngster still owns.
Under the terms of its Racing Entitlements Contract, which Russell had leased from Erebus, the team must field a car else face financial penalties.
Early speculation once news of Russell’s departure from the Erebus organisation had linked Shae Davies with the seat, though team manager Barry Hay has confirmed Baird will step into the role.
“I can confirm we’re going to put Craig Baird in the car,” Ryan told the Inside Supercars.
“We’ve got an experienced head to put in the car, he gets on well with [David Reynolds], they’re like brothers almost.”
Baird himself took to Twitter to confirm that he will take to the circuit for his first solo Supercars drive in the better part of a decade.
One of the first to congratulate Baird was Russell, the man he replaced and whose car he’ll drive over the weekend.
@cbairdo steering the ship around for the weekend! Have some fun mate! Talk soon..
— Aaren Russell (@aarenrussell) July 19, 2020
Last month, Baird was named as co-driver to David Reynolds during the endurance campaign, making the racing miles valuable for the 45-year old.
Baird has been staying race sharp in the Australian GT Championship where he has been co-driving with Scott Taylor behind the wheel of an Erebus prepared Mercedes AMG GT3.
“I have raced with Erebus in the past and am familiar and confident with their program,” Baird said.
“I currently race an Erebus prepared AMG in the Australian GT Championship so have worked closely with their crew and Barry Ryan.
“This coupled with my experience in a Supercar will give us a good foundation to build on this weekend.”
A decision on who will pilot the #4 car beyond the Queensland round is yet to be made.