Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin who will compete in his first full-time season in the NTT IndyCar Series driving the No.3 PPG Chevrolet says it is going to be an exciting year ahead as the 2021 season kicks off this weekend with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Team Penske Zoom call on Monday, McLaughlin said that the team had a great test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week and that any time spent in the car is great in terms of giving him extra experience and that he has three great teammates to lean on heading into his first season.
McLaughlin, who made his NTT IndyCar Series race debut in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg joins Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power this season. McLaughlin said that it is great to have the three teammates as it helps him to trust in what the car can do not just in terms of setup but also driving style in qualifying and race trim.
McLaughlin said that is unsure of what to expect having done a great job in the off-season and that as far as he knows Team Penske is in a positive spot heading into the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The New Zealander commented saying:
Look, it’s going to be an exciting year. Yeah, absolutely had a great test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nice to also do some laps around there. I’ve got three great teammates to lean on, not only in terms of driving style but setup-wise, trusting what the car is going to be like at qualifying trim, race trim, understanding that. That was really nice to lean on all three of the guys. All three of them were fantastic with me, helping me build up, get acquainted.For me, I don’t really know what to expect. I think we’ve done some really good work as a team in the off-season. From what I understand the team’s in a positive spot, but you don’t know with testing right now sort of where everyone’s at. I don’t think we’ll know until qualifying at Barber.That’s my best answer to that sort of thing.For me right now, it’s about doing as many laps as I can, getting as much understanding under my belt, leaning on my three great teammates as much as I can.