Shane van Gisbergen, three-time Supercars champion who won the Chicago Street Race earlier this month in his first Cup, returning to NASCAR for another race.
Van Gisbergen is back with Trackhouse Racing and will compete in the team’s Project 91 car August 13 at the Indianapolis road course. NBC will broadcast the race.
“I never imagined this could roll out this way,” van Gisbergen said in a team statement.
“Going to race in NASCAR is an opportunity I never thought I’d get, but then to win and get another chance this year is beyond anything I could have imagined. I can’t thank (Trackhouse founder and owner) Justin Marks, everyone at Trackhouse Racing and NASCAR enough for this opportunity.
“Everybody in NASCAR welcomed me to Chicago and it was great to see how well received that race is around the world. I am honored to be a part of it.”
Darian Grubb will once again be van Gisbergen’s crew chief for the race.
“The team did a great job preparing the car, getting ready for the moment and putting it all out there on the line and letting it run that show,” Grubb said in a team statement. “You’ll never forget that. The first event is; We all wanted some souvenirs and things from him just to make sure we remembered him for life and told our grand kids about him. It was really cool and hopefully we can do that again in Indy.”
That race will have it too Kamui Kobayashi, two-time Rolex 24 winner at Daytonaand Two-time Supercars winner, Brodie Kostecki. Both are making their Cup debut. Kobayashi will drive for 23XI Racing, while Kostecki will drive for Richard Childress Racing.
Kostecki and van Gisbergen compete against each other in the Supercars Series.
Van Gisbergen, 34, from Auckland, New Zealand, impressed many Cup drivers with his victory in Chicago. He was the first driver to win in their first Cup in 60 years.
“He was in a league of his own, and in my opinion, he put on a big-time clinic,” Chase Elliott, who finished third at Chicago, said of van Gisbergen. “I don’t want to speak for everyone else, but it upset me, and I think about the rest of us too.”