The potential US career trajectory for three-time Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen has been a hot topic of speculation lately. Despite signing what was initially announced as a long-term contract extension with the Triple Eight team earlier this year, van Gisbergen later clarified that it was a one-year agreement set to cover 2024.
Questions surrounding his future involvement in Supercars next year have surfaced, in part due to his evident lack of enthusiasm for the new Gen3 cars. The New Zealand native is currently in the US for his inaugural NASCAR event in Chicago, participating in the Trackhouse Project91 programme.
Since his arrival in the US, he has expressed interest in NASCAR oval racing and did not dismiss the possibility of a full-time shift. Van Gisbergen sees allure in the most recent NASCAR technology and the busy schedule in contrast to the sparse 12-round Supercars calendar.
In a Friday morning interview with Australian media, he confessed that Supercars are “not that fun at the moment.” He is exploring other possibilities and finding renewed interest in NASCAR, particularly given his recent Trackhouse opportunity.
Van Gisbergen pointed out that the difference between the cars is now less significant than it was two seasons ago, making them more accessible to drivers worldwide. He is attracted by the variety of the NASCAR schedule, the regularity of racing, and the post-race routine.
While he isn’t in ongoing negotiations about a full-time move, he confirmed his commitment to his Triple Eight contract next year. He’s open to possibilities and focused on enjoying his current NASCAR experience without any pressure for results.
However, his interest seems to be exclusively geared towards NASCAR, dismissing the idea of a full-time move to IndyCar, unlike his fellow Kiwi, Scott McLaughlin. He finds NASCAR to be more appealing and manageable transition, while he would have to contemplate a move to IndyCar due to the drastic change in driving style it would entail.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Shane van Gisbergen NASCAR future
What was the contract extension Shane van Gisbergen signed with his Triple Eight team earlier this year?
Shane van Gisbergen signed a contract extension with his Triple Eight team that was initially announced as a long-term agreement. However, van Gisbergen later clarified that it was a one-year deal for 2024.
Is Shane van Gisbergen considering a full-time shift to NASCAR?
Yes, Shane van Gisbergen has expressed his interest in NASCAR and has not dismissed the possibility of a full-time move. However, he is not currently in active talks about such a transition.
What does Shane van Gisbergen think about the new Gen3 cars?
Shane van Gisbergen has expressed a clear dislike for the new Gen3 cars. His lack of enthusiasm for these cars has stirred up speculation about his future involvement in Supercars.
Is Shane van Gisbergen considering a full-time move to IndyCar?
No, Shane van Gisbergen has shown no interest in a full-time move to IndyCar. He considers NASCAR to be a more appealing and manageable transition.
Is Shane van Gisbergen planning to leave his current team soon?
No, Shane van Gisbergen is not planning to leave his current team soon. He has confirmed that he will fulfill his contract with the Triple Eight team next year.