In the past week, Trackhouse Racing signed Shane van Gisbergen to a developmental deal and Zane Smith to a NASCAR Cup Series deal. In his "Actions Detrimental" podcast, Denny Hamlin praised the moves of the head of Trackhouse Racing.
Zane Smith was singled out for special praise by him. As Hamlin emphasized, Smith deserves to be given the chance to prove himself. Trackhouse Racing appears to have a bright future ahead of it, with a lot of potential.
“This is a great sign for Trackhouse,” Hamlin said, as quoted by on3.com!
“… Zane is certainly deserving of this opportunity. Every time he’s had the opportunity to compete in Cup, he’s done a great job. Got great results. This is great forward thinking by Trackhouse and Justin [Marks] for his team to look towards the future”.
Denny Hamlin on Shane van Gisbergen
It seems that Hamlin is not very optimistic about Shane van Gisbergen. Denny doesn't expect SVG to do big things in a short period of time. However, this great NASCAR driver expects that there are chances for progress in the coming period.
Trackhouse Racing will be patient and wait for SVG's progress. “I don’t think there’s any secret that the SVG thing is more of an experiment than anything,” Hamlin said. “I really look forward to SVG running in multiple series next year… Think he’s a great dude and tremendous talent, obviously.
But that experiment could take some time. Would he be ready to run Cup full-time in ovals in a year? No way. Just no way. I mean, these guys are just too good, but you wanna see him have a steady progression of it. So if Trackhouse can keep him under contract for a few years, maybe you see the progression that you like after a year or two, and then you move him up to Cup if the opportunity presents itself”.
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