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Key change to van Gisbergen NASCAR Cup plans

SHANE van Gisbergen’s 2024 NASCAR Cup Series outings will not come with Trackhouse Racing, after all.

Van Gisbergen is still aligned with the Justin Marks-led Chevrolet squad, but will officially compete for Kaulig Racing in his seven top-tier appearances.

That mirrors his full Xfinity Series campaign being with Kaulig.

While his Xfinity car will don the #97, he’ll be in the #16 at Cup level which will have multiple drivers rotated through across the season.

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Kaulig also fields a full-time Cup Series Camaro for Daniel Hemric (#31).

“When I first started talking with Trackhouse about moving to the US, we had no idea how many races we could secure but I knew I wanted to be with that team and organisation,” said van Gisbergen.

“There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point and I could not be happier to know that I get to race for an Xfinity Series championship and then get a proper go at the Cup Series on road courses and ovals.

“Kaulig is a proven winner in both the Xfinity and the Cup Series, and I know with the alliance with Trackhouse, this will be an incredible first year for me in NASCAR.”

Marks said: “Shane is one of the best talents I’ve ever seen.

“We know he will be competitive on the road courses, so we needed to challenge him and ourselves on oval tracks against Cup Series drivers.

“This is a big freshman season for Shane, and I really appreciate Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice for helping us bring this to life.”

Van Gisbergen’s Cup Series races will come at Circuit of the Americas (March 24), Talladega Superspeedway (April 21 and October 6), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 26), Chicago Street Course (July 7), Watkins Glen (September 15) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (October 20).

The 34-year-old won the inaugural Chicago race last year, in his NASCAR debut.

“I’m excited to work with Trackhouse and have Shane join our Cup program this season,” said Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice.

“When we locked in SVG for the Xfinity Series, it just became a natural next step on the Cup side since we have all the existing infrastructure and a relationship with the pit crews.

“Remember, SVG had to pass our car to win the Chicago race. We finished second. So, now we get to race with him which is kind of awesome.”

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