Shane van Gisbergen will race in at least seven races in the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series and full-time in the Xfinity Series, Trackhouse and Kaulig Racing confirmed.
Shane van Gisbergen is going to pursue a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship after sixteen years of racing in the Supercars Championship and he is set to participate in at least forty races in 2024, according to an announcement made on Wednesday by Kaulig Racing and Trackhouse Racing Team.
Van Gisbergen, who won the first Chicago Street Race in his July NASCAR debut, will drive Kaulig Racing’s No. 97 Chevrolet Camaro full-time in the Xfinity Series as well as racing in at least seven Cup Series events in 2024.
“After winning in Chicago, I could not stop thinking about racing full time in NASCAR,” said van Gisbergen. “I am still stunned at how quickly this has all come together.
“I must thank the NASCAR industry and fans for embracing me and allowing me to chase this dream.
“I respect every driver who has put in the work to make it to the Cup Series, and I am ready to put in that same effort. I am anxious to get started.”
According to Trackhouse Racing, the three-time Supercars champion’s primary sponsor for the major part of his 2024 NASCAR Xfinity and Cup races will be WeatherTech, a renowned American-made premium automotive accessory, home and pet care product provider.
“We know Shane will be incredibly competitive at the road course events in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series, but we wanted to get him as much experience on NASCAR ovals as possible so I am really excited about his 2024 schedule,” said Trackhouse owner Justin Marks.
“Kaulig Racing has a history of winning in the Xfinity Series and as a fellow Chevrolet team, we are so thankful Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice see the potential in Shane that we see. The anticipation for this season is palpable.”
Van Gisbergen teams up with A.J. Allmendinger, who returns to Xfinity, solidifying Kaulig’s position as the best road course team in the Xfinity Series. Allmendinger has a record eleven career Xfinity wins on road courses, including a 2023 Cup victory at the Charlotte Roval.
“We started our talks with Trackhouse about the possibility of putting SVG in a Xfinity car for a few races quite some time ago, and from there the talks evolved to discussions about how much it would cost to run a full season,” said Kaulig Racing president Rice.
“Once we knew we had an open seat for next season, it became the perfect scenario to put him in the car. We partner with Trackhouse’s pit crew department, and with their key support from Chevrolet, it made teaming up an easy decision.”
After winning his first NASCAR race at the inaugural Chicago Street Race in July, Van Gisbergen quickly adjusted to driving a stock car and became the first Cup driver to win on debut since 1963. The following month at Indianapolis he finished in the top ten in his second Cup outing. He made his oval debut in the Craftsman Truck Series finishing nineteenth, two days earlier at IRP.
His Supercars team Triple Eight Race Engineering gave him clearance to pursue NASCAR full-time in 2024 shortly after Indianapolis. He wrapped up his final Supercars season with five victories and a second-place championship finish behind Brodie Kostecki, who also competed in the Cup Indianapolis event. He concludes his Supercars career with eighty-one victories and titles in 2016, 2021 and 2022.