With his sights set beyond the Supercars circuit, van Gisbergen seems eager to transition to a full-time role in the United States sooner rather than later.
Although he is currently contracted with Triple Eight for the 2024 Supercars season, T8’s managing director, Jamie Whincup, clarified that he wouldn’t hinder van Gisbergen’s departure if he chooses to leave next season.
“My phone has been buzzing non-stop, but I haven’t received any concrete offers yet,” revealed van Gisbergen, who is currently in Australia for the Townsville 500.
“I’m genuinely enthusiastic about exploring further opportunities in NASCAR. As I mentioned earlier, I am committed to Supercars next year, but Jamie’s comments certainly caught my attention. However, I haven’t had a chance to speak with him yet.”
Shane van Gisbergen, Trackhouse Racing, Enhance Health Chevrolet Camaro
Photo by: Nigel Kinrade / NKP / F1 Flow Images
Van Gisbergen also emphasized that he has no intention of retiring after a single NASCAR race victory, even though he recognizes the challenges he would face on oval tracks.
“The world of ovals is entirely different,” he acknowledged. “I have no illusions about immediately dominating there; it would require significant time and effort. However, the prospect of competing in six to eight road courses in the coming years is certainly appealing.”
Van Gisbergen’s aspirations in NASCAR may have an impact on the Supercars driver market for both 2024 and 2025.
Currently, Cam Waters is a key figure in the market and has reportedly been approached by Walkinshaw Andretti United. He also possesses a one-year option with Tickford, which could prove advantageous if van Gisbergen remains in Supercars for 2024 before transitioning to NASCAR in 2025.
Additionally, highly regarded Erebus drivers Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown will see their contracts expire at the end of next season, making them potential candidates for a seat at Triple Eight if one becomes available.
Van Gisbergen’s Engineer Receives Impromptu Call-Up for Chicago
Van Gisbergen Draws Comparisons to NASCAR Legends after Debut Win
Elliott: SVG Will “Tell All of His Friends How Bad We Are”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NASCAR ambitions
What did Shane van Gisbergen achieve in his NASCAR Cup Series debut?
Shane van Gisbergen made history with a surprising win on his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series on the streets of Chicago.
Is Shane van Gisbergen considering a switch to NASCAR on a full-time basis?
Yes, van Gisbergen is known to be looking at options outside of Supercars and is likely to make a Stateside switch on a full-time basis sooner rather than later.
Is van Gisbergen currently under contract with Triple Eight for the 2024 Supercars season?
Yes, he is currently under contract with Triple Eight for the 2024 Supercars season. However, T8 managing director Jamie Whincup has stated that he won’t stand in the way if van Gisbergen decides to leave next season.
Has van Gisbergen received any offers from NASCAR?
Van Gisbergen mentioned that his phone has been busy with inquiries, but he hasn’t received any proper offers yet.
Will van Gisbergen retire from NASCAR after winning a single race?
No, van Gisbergen has no intention of retiring after a single NASCAR race victory. He acknowledges the challenges of oval tracks but finds the prospect of competing in road courses appealing.
How could van Gisbergen’s NASCAR ambitions impact the Supercars driver market?
Van Gisbergen’s potential move to NASCAR could influence the Supercars driver market for both the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Cam Waters, Brodie Kostecki, and Will Brown are among the drivers who could be affected by these developments.