By David Morgan, Associate Editor
After a much-heralded debut in NASCAR in 2023, Shane van Gisbergen will be jumping in with both feet next season as he continues to get up to speed driving stock cars in America.
The three-time V8 Supercars champion burst onto the scene last summer when he won the inaugural Chicago Street Race in his first start in the Cup Series with Trackhouse Racing, along with another top-10 finish at Indianapolis later in the year and his first oval start in the Truck Series that same weekend.
In mid-September, Trackhouse announced they had signed van Gisbergen to a contract for 2024, but where and when he would race was still up in the air – until today.
On Wednesday, the future for Trackhouse and van Gisbergen was unveiled to be a partnership with Kaulig Racing for the New Zealander to run full-time in the Xfinity Series with the team in a No. 97 WeatherTech-sponsored Chevrolet Camaro, as well as a number of Cup Series races.
The list of Cup Series races he will take part in include:
• Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin on March 24
• Talladega Superspeedway on April 21 and October 6
• Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26
• Chicago Street Race on July 7
• Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Sept. 15
• Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 20.
“After winning in Chicago, I could not stop thinking about racing full time in NASCAR,” said Van Gisbergen.
“I am still stunned at how quickly this has all come together. I must thank the NASCAR industry and fans for embracing me and allowing me to chase this dream. I respect every driver who has put in the work to make it to the Cup Series, and I am ready to put in that same effort. I am anxious to get started.”
As he embarks into his 2024 campaign, van Gisbergen will have veteran teammate AJ Allmendinger and Kaulig newcomer Josh Williams to lean on in the Xfinity Series, along with Trackhouse teammates Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez in the Cup Series.
“We know Shane will be incredibly competitive at the road course events in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series, but we wanted to get him as much experience on NASCAR ovals as possible, so I am really excited about his 2024 schedule,” said Trackhouse Racing founder and owner Justin Marks.
“Kaulig Racing has a history of winning in the Xfinity Series and as a fellow Chevrolet team, we are so thankful Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice see the potential in Shane that we see. The anticipation for this season is palpable.”
“We started our talks with Trackhouse about the possibility of putting SVG in a Xfinity car for a few races quite some time ago, and from there the talks evolved to discussions about how much it would cost to run a full season,” added Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing.
“Once we knew we had an open seat for next season, it became the perfect scenario to put him in the car. We partner with Trackhouse’s pit crew department, and with their key support from Chevrolet, it made teaming up an easy decision.”
The 2024 season for van Gisbergen kicks off with the running of the Xfinity Series United Rentals 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17.