Trackhouse Racing has signed Shane van Gisbergen to the development program

Shane van Gisbergen and Trackhouse Racing have reached an agreement that will see the three-time Supercars champion in the Cup, Xfinity and Craftsman Truck races in 2024, the team announced Wednesday night.

The team also said van Gisbergen will run some Late Model races and other events next year. No details of his plan for 2024 have been announced.

“This announcement means many things to me,” van Gisbergen said in a team statement. “I am proud of what I have achieved here in Australia, but I am excited about this new chapter in my career and the opportunities it brings.

“I am very grateful to everyone who has played a part in my career so far, especially Triple Eight Race Engineering, and I look forward to finishing our year with a few more highlights!

“It’s time for a new challenge and this NASCAR adventure will be the biggest challenge of my career and I’m really looking forward to it. I want to thank Justin Marks (Trackhouse founder and owner) and everyone at Trackhouse Racing for taking a chance on me and giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to get to America and start the season.”

Van Gisbergen won the Chicago street race in July in his Cup debut. The 34-year-old New Zealand native returned to the U.S. in August to compete in truck races at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Cup races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished 10th on the road to Indy.

“This will be a huge challenge for Shane, but he’s a great driver as we’ve all seen,” Marks said in a team statement. “Next year will be about him getting used to oval racing, superspeedways, 1.5-mile tracks and everything he hasn’t experienced in his career. Obviously it’s going to be a learning process, but we think Shane will play pretty well.”

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