SVG’s Supercars Partner Continues Years Long Partnership as Quad Lock Joins the Kiwi’s Xfinity Run

Published 02/13/2024, 12:05 AM EST

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Shane van Gisbergen’s NASCAR journey is set to begin this weekend. The three-time Supercars champion has secured essential sponsors through the partnership between Trackhouse Racing and Kaulig Racing. The latest organization to provide its support is SVG’s long-time sponsor, Quad Lock. Trackhouse Racing announced the decision right before the Daytona 500, giving the No.97 Chevrolet team a big boost.

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The Australia-based company has supported the Kiwi motorsport racing driver in his ventures since 2022. When SVG announced that he was switching to NASCAR, Quad Lock felt it needed to extend its hand to him in American racing. Gisbergen’s addition to the grid is one of the most-anticipated moments of the year. Having won the fandom’s heart with his debut win at Chicago last year, 2024 will be the next chapter in a glittering career.

Shane van Gisbergen is looking to deliver the goods at Portland

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Owing to the partnership, Quad Lock will feature on the No.97 Chevrolet for the first time in June. The Xfinity Series race at the Portland International Speedway will begin the duo’s NASCAR chapter. Following the race, Quad Lock will serve as an associate sponsor for SVG as his Xfinity Series and Cup Series campaigns continue.

Expressing his joy over reuniting with a loyal and old partner, Shane van Gisbergen said, “It’s pretty cool that Quad Lock is joining me in America. They joined me in Supercars in 2022, and neither of us ever dreamed we would be coming to America together to run in the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series. I hope NASCAR fans take a look at their products and come to rely on them as much as I do.”

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Quad Lock primarily creates phone holders and mounts for cars. The Melbourne-based company has found a larger audience thanks to its collaboration with SVG and has built a more extensive user base over the years. Moving to the American racing scene with Shane van Gisbergen means it’ll be able to access a larger population through the partnership.

 

Gisbergen’s entry to NASCAR doesn’t just add a different flavor that entices the NASCAR fans to watch races. It has also brought some serious competition for existing NASCAR drivers. With the amount of winning experience SVG boasts, it could be a big problem for the rest of the grid.

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SVG’s addition ups the stakes

Having competed in the Supercars for the entirety of his racing career, Shane van Gisbergen is a phenom on road course tracks. Trackhouse Racing’s partnership with Kaulig is a perfect opportunity to develop that aspect of his in NASCAR. With AJ Allmendinger by his side, one of NASCAR’s best road course racers, Kaulig will have two of the best drivers in that aspect in the team.

Gisbergen showed his prowess to the world at Chicago last year. Since then, he has raced at the Indy road course and had a P10 finish. These results had already suggested that there was a regular playoff contender in him. His move to Trackhouse Racing will only amplify his abilities. Like Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, who have mainly benefitted from the exposure, Shane van Gisbergen could follow the same path.

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As for his full-time move to the Cup Series, the 2024 season will be pivotal for his development. Trackhouse also has Zane Smith in their ranks, so there could be a battle for the third chartered spot next year. While Shane van Gisbergen’s credentials make him the favorite to take the position, his performance in Xfinity will be a crucial factor in that. However, considering Justin Marks’ efficient and fruitful methods, SVG can be sure of featuring in the Cup Series next year.

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Ansuman Abhisek is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. Even before he made his way into the world of motorsports, he had already made a name for himself in the sports journalism field by working as a writer for a few media houses. Now, having covered multiple Cup races live, he has often been the first to report on-track incidents and also provide his readers with an in-depth analysis of the same.
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