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Van Gisbergen analyses Supercar, NASCAR differences

SHANE van Gisbergen has offered an insight into the car differences he expects to be dealing with next weekend when he makes his NASCAR Cup Series debut.

Van Gisbergen will tackle the Chicago Street Course, becoming the second-ever driver of Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91 car, following 2007 Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

One of the key adjustments he’s bracing for is seating position.

“Biggest difference I guess from our Supercar to the NASCAR I’m going to have to get used to is obviously you’re sitting on the other side of the car,” van Gisbergen said in a video released by Trackhouse.

“That’s a big difference when we go to a street circuit and you get used to the walls and stuff, you have got the whole car on the other side of you so it’s going to be a bit different or me.

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“It’s still a sequential gearbox, I think it’s a five-speed instead of a six, so you’re obviously changing gears with the other hand as well which will be a bit different.

“And then it has no doors either so you have got to climb in through the window whereas normally we have doors on our car.”

However, van Gisbergen noted the new-generation NASCAR regulations (which debuted last year) will make for an easier transition than previously.

“Looking at (the previous) NASCAR, they were very difficult, tough to drive with the H-pattern and the way it was all set up with the rear end,” he said.

“Now that they have gone to an independent rear end, sequential gearbox, it certainly makes it easier for someone like me or Kimi to come in and have a race.

“I’m under no illusions it will be easy but certainly it’s a lot closer to what I’m used to.”

He believes an added advantage should be the ability to right-foot brake, as he does in his #97 Red Bull Ampol Camaro Supercar.

“I think most people in NASCAR left(-foot brake), mainly with the ovals, but I’m told that you can right-foot on the street circuit so that will suit me because I feel like I’m going to go through the windscreen when I left-foot brake!” said the three-time Supercars champion.

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