Justin Marks’s Kiwi Speedster Claims He Doesn’t Have Time to Reminisce His Glory Days Ahead of NASCAR Stint

Published 12/08/2023, 12:56 PM EST

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Shane van Gisbergen is ready to embark upon a new chapter in his extraordinary racing career. Leaving behind his impeccable records in the Supercars Championship, the driver is ready to hop in and strap himself in a stock car, and rev up the engines on the oval tracks of NASCAR beginning from the 2024 season. 

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However, it seems that the incoming driver for the 2024 NASCAR season will not be resting on his laurels. He does not let his memories bog him down from carving his future path. This assertion was apparent in the driver’s latest appearance in the Gypsy Tales Podcast. 

Shane van Gisbergen will not rely on past achievements as he joins Justin Marks & Co.

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The 2023 Cup Series season will be perhaps one of the most memorable seasons if the past few seasons are taken into account. The season had elements to satiate the thirst of every NASCAR enthusiast. However, perhaps the most memorable being the inaugural street course race in Chicago, which witnessed Shane Van Gisbergen sweep the makeshift track. Furthermore, this impeccable performance by the 3x Supercar champion led to the opening of the gates of NASCAR to him and digress from his 17-year Supercar racing career.

van Gisbergen is set to join Justin Marks and his Trackhouse Racing team in the 2024 season, as he draws the curtain on his career down south. Owing to this, the driver was asked in the latest episode of Gypsy Tales Podcast by the host, “After Adelaide, it’s your last race, for the foreseeable future in a Supercar. Have you had much of a chance to kind of reflect on your career and what you are able to achieve?”

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To this, the Bathurst winner retorted, “I haven’t really and I don’t really know if I will, like I try and be in the moment in the present. I didn’t really know how I was gonna feel or react, putting the helmet on for the last time at Adelaide or seeing the guys afterward or the team party. Had a few mates come over to try and make it special as my last one, they came over from New Zealand and that was pretty awesome, them surprising me, but I didn’t really have any feelings about it.”

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“I suited up tried to do my best and prepare as best as I can and just went racing. There was no extra emotion or anything, but after the weekend for sure settled down a bit and it’s been pretty awesome, but I don’t really look on, I don’t ven know how many race wins I had or whatever, but obviously I had three championships and Bathurst and stuff like that those stats will be pretty cool and something to look back on in years time.”

SVG is hopeful of his foraying into the world of NASCAR

In his final season at the Supercars championship, SVG failed to add his fourth championship feather to his name. He failed to provide a fairy-tale ending to his Supercars career after struggling with brake issues in the Adelaide 500 and failed to finish the race. 

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However, SVG does not let the past determine the path that lies ahead of him in the world of stock car racing. Continuing on the same lines, SVG asserted, “At the moment I just want to add to NASCAR stats, I don’t know that’s something I think when you are in your rocking chair later on you will look at that stuff and think about how you had such a good time but also reflect on the races that you could have won as well.”

Nevertheless, the SVG received perhaps one of the most deserving farewell gifts from his Red Bull sponsor team, as they sent over a headphone and a controller for his simulator. 

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With numerous records to adorn his resume, it will be interesting to see, what lies ahead of SVG in his time with Trackhouse Racing under the mentorship of Justin Marks. Will it be as successful as his Supercars career?

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