Trackhouse Racing announced Thursday evening that Repco Supercars Championship driver Shane van Gisbergen will pilot the No. 91 Chevrolet for the team at the Chicago Street Race on July 2 (5:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Van Gisbergen owns three Supercars titles – including the last two seasons – and ranks fourth on the all-time wins list with 78 victories.
“I can honestly say I have dreamed about an opportunity in NASCAR, but really never thought it would become a reality,” said van Gisbergen, a native of New Zealand, 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.”
Van Gisbergen is also a two-time and defending winner in the famed Bathurst 1000 at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Australia.
Darian Grubb will crew chief van Gisbergen at Chicago. Grubb is a 23-time winner atop the pit box in the Cup Series and won a championship with Tony Stewart in 2011.
Trackhouse’s No. 91 entry debuted last season at Watkins Glen International as Formula 1 legend Kimi Räikkönen competed in his first Cup Series race. He returned to the team in March, competing at Circuit of the Americas and scoring a 29th-place finish.
Earlier this year, Trackhouse owner Justin Marks said that Project 91 will feature entries a handful of times throughout the 2023 season.
“Project 91 will be [at] multiple races this year, and it will be multiple drivers this year,” Marks said.
Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will also compete in the event, driving the No. 84 Chevrolet for his co-owned team Legacy Motor Club.