Shane van Gisbergen, who impressed everyone with a victory in his Cup Series debut at the Chicago Street Race last month, is set to make his NASCAR oval debut. He will be participating in the Truck Series race at IRP on August 11, driving Niece F1 Flows’ No. 41 Chevrolet. The IRP is a 0.686-mile asphalt short track located in Clermont, Ind., near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In addition to his Truck Series debut, van Gisbergen is also scheduled to compete in the Cup race on the IMS Road Course with Trackhouse Racing on August 13. He acknowledged that the weekend will present a challenge, as he will be racing on a competitive short track at IRP, something new for him. However, van Gisbergen expressed his excitement about joining Niece F1 Flows and getting the opportunity to race in a truck.
Van Gisbergen’s previous accomplishments in motorsports include winning three Supercars championships (in 2016, 2021, and 2022) along with 79 wins and 48 pole positions. He also became the first New Zealander to win a Cup race and one of only six foreign-born drivers to achieve the same feat. His performance at Chicago has garnered attention in the United States, further fueling the anticipation for his oval debut.
Cody Efaw, the General Manager of Niece F1 Flows, expressed his excitement and honor to have van Gisbergen racing for their team at IRP. He mentioned that van Gisbergen’s impressive talent has made waves in both Australia and New Zealand and is now catching the attention of the American audience. Efaw looks forward to helping him navigate oval racing while also learning from his expertise.
Van Gisbergen has recently confirmed his plans to compete full-time in NASCAR starting from the 2024 season, indicating his commitment and growing interest in the sport.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NASCAR oval debut
1. Who is making their NASCAR oval debut in Trucks?
Shane van Gisbergen, who won the Chicago Street Race in his Cup Series debut, is set to make his NASCAR oval debut in the Trucks Series.
2. When and where will the debut take place?
The NASCAR oval debut for Shane van Gisbergen will happen in the Aug. 11 Truck Series race at IRP (Indianapolis Raceway Park), a 0.686-mile asphalt short track in Clermont, Ind.
3. What other races will Shane van Gisbergen participate in?
In addition to the Truck Series race, van Gisbergen is scheduled to compete in the Aug. 13 Cup race on the IMS Road Course with Trackhouse Racing.
4. What were Shane van Gisbergen’s achievements in the Cup Series?
Shane van Gisbergen became one of six foreign-born drivers to win a Cup race, and he was the first driver since Johnny Rutherford in 1963 to win on debut. He also became the first New Zealander to ever win a Cup race.
5. What are some of Shane van Gisbergen’s other accomplishments in motorsports?
Apart from his Cup Series success, van Gisbergen boasts three Supercars championships (2016, 2021, and 2022) and has achieved 79 wins and 48 pole positions. He is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Bathurst 1000.
6. What are the expectations for Shane van Gisbergen’s full-time involvement in NASCAR?
Van Gisbergen has confirmed his plans to compete full-time in NASCAR starting from the 2024 season, showcasing his commitment and growing interest in the sport.
7. Who will Shane van Gisbergen race for in the Trucks Series?
He will be driving for Niece F1 Flows and will pilot the No. 41 Chevrolet in the Truck Series race at IRP.