Shane Van Gisbergen's triumphant debut in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Chicago Street Course has set the wheels in motion for a potential discipline change in 2024. The three-time Supercars champion has reportedly received multiple full-time Cup Series offers, and it appears likely that he will be making an official announcement about his NASCAR endeavors for the upcoming season.
Following his 81st Supercars victory on Sunday, the Auckland, New Zealand native candidly expressed his intentions to compete in NASCAR in 2024, whether it's on a full-time or part-time basis. He clarified that his decision to venture into NASCAR is not due to any dissatisfaction with his current team, Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Rather, it is a new career opportunity that has presented itself in the United States.
Van Gisbergen's Legacy: Smooth Team Transition
Van Gisbergen emphasized his desire to ensure a smooth transition for the team when he eventually leaves.
He wants to make sure that there will be someone capable of stepping into his shoes and doing a good job in the car. While his departure will create a void, he hopes the team will secure a replacement soon. Triple Eight Race Engineering has been supportive of Van Gisbergen's aspirations in the United States and is not holding him back from exploring potential opportunities.
His recent victory in the Chicago Street Race has undoubtedly heightened his appeal to American racing teams. In August, Van Gisbergen will make his second start in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, driving the No.
91 Chevrolet Camaro for Trackhouse Racing. He will be joined by Brodie Kostecki, who will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the No. 33 for Richard Childress Racing. As for the exact division he will compete in next season, Van Gisbergen remains uncertain.
He pointed out that drivers like Marcos Ambrose and Juan Pablo Montoya transitioned from other racing disciplines to NASCAR, with varying paths to success. Van Gisbergen recognizes the challenge of adapting to oval racing and understands it will take time to learn and adjust.
While nothing is confirmed yet, the possibility of Shane Van Gisbergen having a more prominent presence in NASCAR's top-three series for 2024 looks promising. However, the specific series and team he will be associated with remain undecided, as the motorsports world eagerly awaits the annual wave of silly season and off-season announcements from NASCAR.