Motorsport: Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen qualifies eighth for NASCAR return at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Shane van Gisbergen in action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Shane van Gisbergen in action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo credit: Getty Images

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen will start eighth on the grid, when he contests his second NASCAR event at iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday (NZ time).

In a convoluted qualifying format, the field is divided into two groups, with the top five from each group progressing to another 10-minute window.

Reigning Aussie Supercars champion van Gisbergen snuck into the second phase of the process, clocking 1m 28.544s - more than half a second slower than Mexican polesitter and Trackhouse Racing teammate Daniel Suarez.

Current Supercars championship leader Brodie Kostecki will make his NASCAR debut and actually clocked a faster qualifying time than his Kiwi rival, but could not emerge from the other group, after hitting the wall with the left side of his Camaro.

 Kostecki will start 11th on the grid, with his fastest time of 1m 28.495s.

"Very cool to be here with the history of this place," van Gisbergen tweeted. "Starting eighth tomorrow, had awesome fun."

He has already made an impact on the US racing circuit, winning his debut on a Chicago street course in July and seemingly securing his NASCAR future, whenever he chooses to make the move.

After completing his NASCAR truck debut on Saturday, van Gisbergen reunited with fellow Kiwi and former Supercars rival Scott McLaughlin, who finished eighth in the Indycar event at the same venue.  

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