How is van Gisbergen flattening the NASCAR learning curve?
Darian Grubb, a veteran crew chief in NASCAR, has worked with talented race car drivers like Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron. He has had success, including winning the Daytona 500 as Jimmie Johnson’s interim crew chief and guiding Tony Stewart to a championship in 2011. Grubb was impressed by Shane van Gisbergen’s work ethic and attention to detail when they worked together. Van Gisbergen, although lacking a NASCAR resume, showed great talent and a desire to learn and be involved in the sport. Grubb, now working with Trackhouse Racing, had success with van Gisbergen in their debut race in Chicago and a top-10 finish in Indianapolis. The transition to a new series was not as challenging as expected, and they were able to communicate and prepare effectively before the races.