“I Got to Be All In” – Shane van Gisbergen Details His Relationship With Kaulig Racing and His Expectations in NASCAR

Published 12/14/2023, 4:19 PM EST

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The Daytona 500 for the NASCAR 2024 season is still 65 days away. However, that does not stop the drivers and their organizations from implementing changes and making transitions, especially for a team like Trackhouse Racing. The team which had tasted unprecedented success in the 2023 Cup Series is ready to leap forward in the future with its newest addition Shane van Gisbergen and new allies.

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The 3x Supercars champion is set to moor his racing anchor in the world of stock car racing, as he is set to make a full-time appearance in the Xfinity Series and also in the Cup Series, under the collaborative effort of Trackhouse Racing and Kaulig Racing. Owing to this, the Kiwi driver in an interview with Sirius XM Cloud unraveled his growing rapport with the teams and his hopes for the upcoming season.

Shane van Gisbergen reveals his expectations high for his inaugural full-time NASCAR season

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The 2023 season had witnessed a plethora of modifications, whether it was in terms of tracks or cars. Amongst this proliferation of changes, the most memorable perhaps would have been the Bathurst winner Shane van Gisbergen, navigating the makeshift track of Chicago. While the veteran Cup Series drivers failed to take right corners, for van Gisbergen it was a cakewalk, which eventually led the driver to securing the victory in the inaugural street race.

Enthralling the NASCAR community with his impeccable performance, the Kiwi driver eventually landed a full-time seat in NASCAR, beginning in the 2024 season. The driver is set to run full-time in the Xfinity Series under the banner of Kaulig Racing and a total of seven races in the Cup Series for Trackhouse. Owing to this, SVG in his interview with Sirius XM revealed his hopes for his rookie year. He stated, “Trackhouse has placed me with Kaulig to learn the track, learn the circuit, learn the way how NASCAR is, and getting to experience seven Cup races.

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“Getting to do that as a part of Trackhouse and some of Kaulig as well and just learning it all can be a big deal. But the expertise that I am getting from Trackhouse that’s a massive help. When the program was sort of coming together, the way I worked with my contract over the year what Trackhouse has provided and come up with is a pretty awesome thing.

“Forty races, I stay fully committed and with the opportunity that I have got, I wanna be full-time in the Cup Series in 2025 so, next year I got to be all in and prepare the best I can. I will try and get home for the break for the Olympics but probably be back in America all year,” van Gisbergen concluded.

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Apart from parking his car in the victory lane for the Chicago Race, SVG also finished 10th in his second Cup Series race at the road course of IMS. He then came 19th in his debut oval race in the Xfinity Series.

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SVG’s team owner Justin Marks looks forward to his new alliance with Kaulig Racing

Setting the tone for himself, the driver has set the bars higher for himself, and his team owner Justin Marks is set to make gambles on his recruit. It was apparent in his latest interview with Forbes, Marks stated, 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.

“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.”

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Setting his foot on the American shore, and undergoing the various forms of training, SVG is ready to buckle up for the 2024 season. It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for the rookie driver. Can he stay up to the hype?

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