Trackhouse Racing Chicago Street Course Race Report

Van Gisbergen Wins in First NASCAR Cup Series Start at Chicago

Chastain and Suárez fast but finish 22nd and 27th.

  • Trackhouse Racing driver Shane van Gisbergen became the first driver in nearly 60 years to win in his first NASCAR Cup start when claimed the victory in NASCAR’s first ever city street race held Sunday at the Chicago Street Course.
  • Trackhouse drivers Ross Chastain finished 22nd and Daniel Suárez 27th Sunday’s rain-shortened race.
  • Driving the No. 91 Chevrolet under the team’s PROJECT91 program, the three-time Supercars champion charged from eighth on a Lap 61 restart to the front of the field and won the race in overtime. 
  • It marked the second consecutive week Trackhouse Racing has visited victory lane. Chastain won at Nashville Superspeedway on June 25.
  • Van Gisbergen became the first driver to win his first Cup Series start since Johnny Rutherford won at Daytona in 1963.
  • It marked Trackhouse Racing’s fifth victory since it began NASCAR Cup Series racing in 2021 when it started as a single car team before expanding to two cars in 2022. 
  • Van Gisbergen, from Auckland, New Zealand joins Suarez as a group of six drivers not from the United States to win a NASCAR Cup Series race; Marcos Ambrose (Australia), Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia) Earl Ross (Canada) and Mario Andretti (Italy).
  • Van Gisbergen is the sixth different Team Chevy driver to record a NASCAR Cup Series win this season.
  • The victory marked Chevrolet’s series-leading 11th NASCAR Cup Series victory this season.
  • The winningest manufacturer in NASCAR Cup Series history, Chevrolet now sits at 844 all-time wins in NASCAR’s premier series. 
  • The next race is Sunday’s Quaker State 400 available at Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. NBC will televise the race at 7 p.m.

Chastain

  • Chastain started at the back of the field and methodically worked his way up into the top 15 by lap 29 with a tight handling car.
  • The AdventHealth driver remained steady in the top 15 until an unexpected pit sequence cycled his No. 1 Chevy back a few positions.
  • Even though the race was shortened due to sunset, Chastain honed his street course racing skills and finished 22nd.

Suárez

  • Suárez was one of the fastest on the street course throughout the race finishing sixth and seventh in the first two stages.
  • Trouble came at the beginning of the final stage when brake and steering issues combined with damage slowed his bid for victory and left him with a 27th-place finish.

 

 

Let’s be honest, Shane, when this deal came together, did you honestly feel like this was possible?

“No, of course not, but you always dream of it. Thank you so much to the Trackhouse team, Enhance Health, Project91. What an experience in the crowd out here. This was so cool. This is what you dream of. Hopefully I can come and do more.”

What were you telling yourself on those final few restarts?

“Wow, when we had that strategy back to 18th, I started to worry a bit. But had some full stands on some people, and the racing was really good, everyone was respectful. It was tough, but a lot of fun.”

It’s Monday back in Auckland but I’m sure there’s a party going on about 1:00 in the afternoon. What would your message be to the young drivers back there in Australia and New Zealand?

“Anything is possible. But the fans in Australia and New Zealand, the response this week and the coverage has been — I can’t explain it. Like the response and the support I’ve got from everyone and even over here how welcoming everyone is, I can’t believe it. Dream come true.”

You know everybody is going to want you to drive their car now. Are you up for a full-time Cup ride?

“I’m doing one more year in Oz and then I’d love to come over here.

“I really want to thank Justin Marks, everyone at Trackhouse Racing and our supporters at Enhanced Health and Quad Lock. I had a wonderful weekend in Chicago and in NASCAR. “

 

“Well, it wasn’t the best day for our UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Chevrolet. I’ve got some work to do on this street course (laughs), but I do feel like I learned quite a bit. The weather conditions made it tough but I had a great day meeting AdventHealth guests and several of them stayed even in the rain.”

— Ross Chastain

 

“That was pretty frustrating because we have a really good Worldwide Express Chevrolet today. I thought we were going to be there at the end but we just had too many issues at the end to contend. I couldn’t be happier for Shane and everyone at Trackhouse. They gave us good cars all weekend and I think everyone noticed. I thought today was a fantastic event in Chicago and thank everyone for their hard work.”

— Daniel Suárez

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