New Zealand's Shane van Gisbergen was all set to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at the All-Star Race on Sunday, but unfortunately, a lack of a car has sidelined the talented driver.

The 2016 Supercars champion was scheduled to make the one-off appearance at the Texas Motor Speedway, driving for 23XI Racing, the team co-owned by Denny Hamlin and NBA legend Michael Jordan. Van Gisbergen was slated to drive the No. 23 Toyota with sponsorship from Milwaukee Tools, but unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond his control, the car was not ready in time for the event.

The news was a disappointment for both Van Gisbergen and his fans, as the opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series is a dream for many drivers outside of the United States. Van Gisbergen, known for his success in the Supercars Championship, was looking forward to testing his skills on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway and making his mark in the highly competitive world of NASCAR.

In an interview with RACER, Van Gisbergen expressed his disappointment, saying, "I was really looking forward to the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Cup Series and represent New Zealand on such a big stage. It's a shame that the car wasn't ready, but these things happen in racing. I'm grateful for the opportunity and hope to have another chance in the future."

While the setback is disappointing, Van Gisbergen's presence at the All-Star Race was highly anticipated, as he would have joined a select group of international drivers who have attempted to make the transition from their respective motorsport disciplines to compete in NASCAR.

The 31-year-old driver is no stranger to success on the racetrack, having won the prestigious Bathurst 1000 and earning multiple championships in the Supercars series. His talent behind the wheel and aggressive driving style have made him a fan favorite in the motorsport world, and his potential debut in the NASCAR Cup Series generated considerable buzz leading up to the event.

The announcement of Van Gisbergen's participation in the All-Star Race sparked excitement among fans and fellow drivers, as many were eager to see how he would fare against the established NASCAR regulars. His diverse racing background and previous experience on road courses and ovals made him a compelling addition to the field, and his presence would have undoubtedly added an international flavor to the event.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on the opportunity to compete in the All-Star Race, Van Gisbergen remains focused on his racing career in the Supercars Championship and other international series. His commitment to excellence and his passion for motorsport have earned him a reputation as one of the top drivers in the sport, and he continues to seek new challenges and opportunities to showcase his skills on the global stage.

The setback at the All-Star Race serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of motorsport and the challenges that drivers and teams face in pursuit of success. While Van Gisbergen's NASCAR debut did not come to fruition as planned, the experience has only fueled his determination to continue pursuing his racing ambitions and seeking new opportunities for competition and success.

As he looks to the future, Van Gisbergen remains open to the possibility of returning to NASCAR and potentially making his debut in the Cup Series. His potential impact on the sport and his ability to attract a new audience of fans were evident in the buildup to the All-Star Race, and his presence would undoubtedly be welcomed in future NASCAR events.

For now, Van Gisbergen will shift his focus back to the Supercars Championship, where he continues to race for the powerhouse Triple Eight Race Engineering team. His pursuit of victories and championships in Australia's premier touring car series remains his primary goal, but the allure of NASCAR and the opportunity to compete on American soil undoubtedly still hold a special place in his racing ambitions.

While the lack of a car may have sidelined Van Gisbergen from the NASCAR All-Star Race, his potential impact on the sport remains an exciting prospect for the future. As the racing world eagerly awaits the opportunity to see him compete on the NASCAR stage, Van Gisbergen's journey serves as a reminder of the resilience and determination required to succeed in the highly competitive world of motorsport.

Van Gisbergen NASCAR start confirmed MotorsAddict
Van Gisbergen set for NASCAR debut V8 Sleuth
Supercars Shane van Gisbergen in talks with Trackhouse about NASCAR
shane van gisbergen nascar car Auto Action
Shane van Gisbergen Is Coming Back To Teach NASCAR Another Lesson
2023 NASCAR Cup Series Grant Park 220 Finish Reaction (Shane van
Van Gisbergen free to make NASCAR move in 2024 Whincup
Shane Van Gisbergen Shocks the World with NASCAR Chicago Street Race Win
Van Gisbergen wins on NASCAR debut Auto Action
Fans Are Stunned By Winner Of NASCAR's Chicago Street Race The Spun
NASCAR at Chicago final results highlights Shane van Gisbergen
Busch Van Gisbergen the favourite for Indy NASCAR race
Trackhouse welladvanced on van Gisbergen’s 2024 NASCAR plans
Shane Van Gisbergen Had 6Word Reaction To Winning First NASCAR Race
Actualités NASCAR 2023 Shane van Gisbergen n'a "aucune attente" avant
Van Gisbergen NASCAR Cup debut locked in V8 Sleuth
Shane van Gisbergen wins his NASCAR Cup Series debut in memorable
Questions Answered After Shane Van Gisbergen Rocks NASCAR
Van Gisbergen ‘One more year in Oz’ Speedcafe.com
Van Gisbergen’s speedway plans cancelled Speedcafe.com van gisbergen shane cancelled speedway plans speedcafe
Shane van Gisbergen wins inaugural Chicago Street Race in NASCAR debut
Made in America Shane van Gisbergen's NASCAR debut
NASCAR Van Gisbergen puts Cup regulars on notice AR1.com
Supercars 2022 Gold Coast Shane van Gisbergen Scott McLaughlin
Van Gisbergen eases to big win in Race 1 of Gen3 era Speedcafe.com
Shane Van Gisbergen Impresses Day 1 at Chicago Street Course
NASCAR News Trackhouse Racing signs van Gisbergen for 2024
SVG facing 'massive' NASCAR challenge Speedcafe.com
VIDEO Shane van Gisbergen NASCAR onboard Speedcafe.com