Charlotte Set to Host Latest Entrant’s NASCAR Debut Amidst Talks of Richard Childress Partnering With SVG’s Supercars Rival

Published 10/03/2023, 3:22 AM EDT

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NASCAR has always had drivers from other motorsports competitions race in its events. Usually, these drivers make their appearances at road courses. Oval racing is something unique to NASCAR so it is rare that someone from outside the sport will attempt that. The next race in the Cup and Xfinity Series will take place at the Charlotte Roval. It is classified as a road course and unsurprisingly, will see a big new addition come the race weekend.

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In 2023, there has been one ‘outsider’ who burst onto the scene earlier this year and that was the Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen. The 34-year-old Kiwi racer took NASCAR by storm when he won his debut Cup race at the Chicago Street Course. SVG’s success in the Cup Series has attracted the attention of one of his biggest rivals in Supercars.

New team set to make NASCAR debut at Charlotte Xfinity race

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In a recent update on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), motorsports journalist Toby Christie revealed that the Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Roval will have a new team. The No. 87 Peterson Racing Group will make its debut in NASCAR with driver Andy Lally. Their crew chief will be Christopher Measaner.

Lally is a seasoned veteran when it comes to motorsports. The 48-year-old currently competes in the SportsCar Championship for Magnus Racing. NASCAR is not anything new to him as he does race in the Cup Series part-time for Rick Ware Racing. He is one of the 42 drivers mentioned in the entry list for the Charlotte Xfinity race.

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This comes in the backdrop of Erebus Motorsports eyeing up their chance to start some races in the 2024 Cup or Xfinity Series races. The whole process was set in motion by SVG’s debut win in Chicago a few months ago. Then at Indianapolis, both SVG and his Supercars competitor Brodie Kostecki started the race.

Kostecki was in the No.33 Richard Childress Racing car and had impressed by qualifying 11th. Impressed by his performance, Childress offered Kostecki a deal to race thrice in the 2024 season. The Aussie’s Supercars team, Erebus Motorsport, is also looking to take advantage of their relationship with RCR and compete in a few NASCAR races next season.

Supercars rivalry could spill over to Cup Series

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It will definitely be an interesting development if Erebus Motorsport manages to field a car of its own in the Cup Series next year. They have been SVG’s rivals in the Supercars for quite a while now. Fans will be curious to see how that rivalry will be in a different sport.

“It is something we’ve talked about for a while, and I’ve always told Betty (team founder Betty Klimenko) that it should be something we look at,” Erebus CEO Barry Ryan said.

“But I think having a couple of mechanics and maybe George or Tom in the pit box with another crew chief guiding them and contributing to engineering and strategic decisions would be an amazing experience, and that can only make us better here,” he added.

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SVG himself will be a part-time racer in the Cup Series in 2024 for Trackhouse Racing. The Kiwi will take part in a select few races and it will be interesting to see him and Kostecki reignite their rivalry away from home.

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Nilavro Ghosh

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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. He started his journey as a motorsports fan with Moto GP and Formula One, before gravitating towards NASCAR a few years back. The high-octane nature of stock car racing paired with the racecraft on display drew him into the sport.
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