Trackhouse Racing occasionally fields the No. 91 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 as a third entry for special Cup Series events. Dubbed “Project91,” the entry exists as a part-time Cup Series ride for international motorsports personalities to get a taste of NASCAR, and it has been driven by Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen at Circuit of the Americas earlier this season. Now, Trackhouse has announced that three-time Australian Supercars Champion Shane van Gisbergen will drive the No. 91 Camaro in the forthcoming Chicago street race on July 2nd, 2023.
The race will be van Gisbergen’s first stint behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car, and, appropriately, the race will mark the first time that the Cup Series has raced on a legitimate street course in its history.
“I can honestly say I have dreamed about an opportunity in NASCAR, but really never thought it would become a reality,” said van Gisbergen in a statement. “I can’t wait to get to the States to meet everyone and prepare for Chicago. It’s NASCAR’s first time on the streets of Chicago so in some ways everyone will be a rookie like me, but I don’t underestimate that it’s going to be a huge challenge.”
Trackhouse owner, Justin Marks, said, “We have been very pleased with the fan reaction to Kimi’s participation the last two seasons. I’ll concede the American racing fan might not be as familiar with Shane as they are with Kimi but if you talk with anyone in Australia, New Zealand and that part of the world they will tell you he is one of the most talented drivers on the planet. He’s used to street racing in heavy cars and I think everyone will be very impressed with his performance.”
The No. 91 Camaro of van Gisbergen will carry the colors of Enhance Health for the one-off race in Chicago. The team will be headed by crew chief Darian Grubb, who formerly sat on the box for Tony Stewart.
Currently, Trackhouse fields the No. 99 Camaro of Daniel Suárez and the No. 1 Camaro of Ross Chastain full-time in the Cup Series.