Shane van Gisbergen Divulges the True Extent of His Trackhouse Racing Developmental Deal Amidst Imminent NASCAR Arrival

Published 12/09/2023, 8:46 AM EST

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Shane van Gisbergen’s debut in the NASCAR Cup Series was among the most memorable ones of all time. The Supercars champion emerged victorious in his very first race in the competition at the Chicago Street Race. Since then, the Kiwi’s stock has reached sky-high. While he aims to join the Cup Series full-time in 2025, the 34-year-old has given a semblance of his schedule in 2024 and NASCAR fans have reason to be excited.

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Van Gisbergen has taken part in two Cup Series races so far in his career. After winning in Chicago with Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91 car, he took part at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and earned a commendable P10 finish.

Shane van Gisbergen has a hectic schedule next year

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On a recent episode of the Gypsy Tales podcast, Shane Van Gisbergen gave fans an insight into what his 2024 calendar would look like. The Kiwi revealed that he would be taking part in several Cup and Xfinity Series races, and the total number of races he would take part in may reach 40. It is exciting for NASCAR as the Supercars champion may well be looking to get himself acclimated to the sport before joining full-time.

“I kind of know what I’m doing. It’s not fully confirmed or announced yet, but I’ll end up hopefully doing 30 races or even 40 if I get enough mixed classes. It will be mainly in the Xfinity Series but a lot of Cup races and maybe some Truck stuff too,” the 34-year-old said.

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The three-time winner of the Supercars Championship also said that his 2024 season in NASCAR will be more about learning than racing, especially when it comes to the Cup Series. He will undoubtedly be one of the toughest and most competitive drivers in the competition when he does indeed make his full-time debut.

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“Just experiencing everything, going to all of the tracks, and even the weekends where I’m not racing, or not racing Cup, I’ll just be there learning and being a part of the team and watching all of these strategies and pitstops, be in all of the meetings and understand what is going on,” the Kiwi added.

SVG has made a name for himself in Supercars and is a global motorsports icon. He is sure to elevate the level of the other drivers in the Cup Series. The New Zealander admitted that all of his training is to make sure he is fully prepared when he joins the competition full-time.

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Supercars champion set to focus on “experience year” ahead of full-time debut

The Kiwi is all set to join Trackhouse Racing as a full-time racer in 2025. The team finished the 2023 Cup Series season on a high as #1 driver Ross Chastain expertly held off champion Ryan Blaney to take the race victory in Phoenix. Clearly, Justin Marks’ team is on the up and SVG is doing everything he can to prepare himself.

“It’s just an experience year so I’m ready for hopefully ‘25 when I’m in the Cup Series full-time, I’m ready to go and understand what’s happening every week. So next year there’s plenty of racing but mainly learning,” Shane Van Gisbergen said.

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