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Verstappen was 'screaming' at TV watching SVG NASCAR win

06 Jul 2023
'I've never felt so nervous in my life watching someone else race'
2 mins by James Pavey
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Max Verstappen says he was left "literally screaming” at his TV watching Shane van Gisbergen charge to victory on his NASCAR debut.

Van Gisbergen won on his Cup Series debut in the inaugural Chicago street race last weekend.

The win sent shockwaves around world motorsport, with NASCAR drivers left in awe of the performance.

Notably, three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin labelled van Gisbergen the “greatest f**king athlete”.

Two-time Formula One world champion Verstappen stayed up after his Austrian Grand Prix win to watch van Gisbergen race.

The two are friends, linked by Red Bull and also compete in sim racing for Team Redline.

“I stayed awake to watch it,” Verstappen told media at Silverstone.

“And I’ve never felt so nervous in my life watching someone else race and trying to win it.

Verstappen and van Gisbergen in 2017

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"I was literally screaming in front of my TV, or my monitor, for him to win that.

“That’s really, really impressive to jump in the car and you don’t know…

“They are very hard cars to drive, and he just goes in there and he absolutely dominates the race.”

Van Gisbergen and Verstappen will both be in action this weekend, van Gisbergen at the NTI Townsville 500, and Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

“I know he’s a great driver, I know what he’s capable of, and I know how good he is in different kinds of disciplines,” Verstappen continued.

“He is great, of course, in V8s, because that’s what he knows, but he’s great in a rally car as well, and clearly he is great in NASCAR as well.

“And that’s Shane. He is a crazy right-foot braker still.

"I like watching it, I think it’s really, really cool, and I was really happy for Shane.”

Supercars will hit the track at the NTI Townsville 500 for Practice 1 at 10:10am AEST.

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