When the race finished, van Gisbergen climbed from his own car and was picked up by Waters, who had secured third for Tickford Racing.
While saving the Kiwi a walk back to the pits, the sight of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver van Gisbergen climbing into the passenger side of the Monster Energy Ford raised eyebrows.
“As I went past him I saw him standing on the side of the road like a hitchhiker,” recounted Waters post-race.
“So I thought I would put my Uber hat on and try to pick up and extra couple of hundred to charge him for the ride home, and picked him up and took him back to the pits.
“The Holden broke down and the Ford picked him up and saved the day, and the better energy drink had to pick up the other s****er one!”
Van Gisbergen also made light of the situation post-race, adding with a smile: “Probably not that smart, I got in the wrong car, s*** energy drink in a Ford!”
Waters followed home Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert in third place, having led his former teammate to the flag in sixth and seventh on Saturday.
“It was pretty full on,” said Waters of today’s late-race battle.
“They obviously came over the radio with 20 to go and said [van Gisbergen] had to pit and we were effectively P3, so I was just trying to stay with Chazzie and put as much pressure on him as I could.
“I saw him sliding around a little bit but you just kind of got aero wash and the tyres got hot, so I ended up just trying to stay with Chaz, trying to have enough of a gap for when Shane pitted to hold him off.
“We were having an awesome battle [with van Gisbergen] but obviously he had that suspension failure or whatever it was.
“He had pretty well got the job done on me and then that happened, so that was a bit of a shame for him, but I’m super happy to end up on the podium.”