Motorsport: Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen celebrates debut NASCAR victory with epic burnout at Chicago

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has celebrated his debut NASCAR win with an epic burnout, following his stunning performance at Chicago.

In just his first-ever attempt in the beloved American race, the Supercars king weaved through several collisions to triumph over his much more experienced opponents.

Van Gisbergen is the first driver in 60 years to win on his debut, a feat he honoured the only way the Kiwi knows how to, with a trademark throttle. 

Moments after the smoke finally cleared, he was asked if he could have imagined such a result on his first attempt at the sport.

Van Gisbergen lifts the Grant Park 220 trophy.
Van Gisbergen lifts the Grant Park 220 trophy. Photo credit: Getty Images

"No, of course not, but you always dream of it, and thank you so much to the Trackhouse team and Enhanced Health 91," Van Gisbergen.

"What an experience, the crowd out here, this was so cool and it's what you dream of, so hopefully I can come and do more.

"When we had that bad strategy back to the 18th, I started to worry a bit, but had some full sends on some people, the racing was really good."

"Everyone was respectful and it was tough, but a lot of fun."

After qualifying third on the grid, van Gisbergen maintained his composure amongst the chaotic scenes after being buried back in the pack.

He emerged from the field to take the lead with just a few laps to go and hold it until crossing the winning line of the lap-reduced race.

"Anything is possible… the fans in Australia and New Zealand, the response this week, the coverage, I can't explain it," van Gisbergen said.

"The support I've got from everyone - and even over here and how welcoming everyone is - I can't believe it, dream come true."