Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet says he learnt a lot from his opening NTT IndyCar Series race in St Pete last year going into his first full-time season in the NTT IndyCar Series.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a pre season media event McLaughlin said he learnt a lot in terms of pit stops and hitting his marks right.
The New Zealander went on to say even the small things like having a scooter to go through the pit and paddock area.
McLaughlin went on to say that he is excited about the NTT IndyCar Series inaugural trip to the trip to the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville in August.
When asked by Paddock Eye about the race he said that it is good that the event is new to everyone and hopefully by then he will have picked more experience on the street courses so he is excited about the season ahead.
I think for me it’s learning the pit stops and stuff were very big for me. Like cold tires, hot tires coming in, cold tires going out. Obviously driving the red tire was a good little introduction for me. It’s one thing that I probably struggled with at St. Pete was just getting the most out of that tire. Unfortunately we can’t test on that. That’s all going to be race miles on that tire to get used to it.
But, yeah, just understanding little things like how to get from the hotel to the track, where the pits are, what it’s like. I didn’t even realize I had a scooter when I got there to get from the pits. Stuff like that. It’s learning not only on-track stuff but off-track stuff to make me comfortable, settle into the series quick.
I’m enjoying it so far. I’m really excited to head back to St. Pete. I love that race circuit, love the vibe there. Hopefully we can have an amount of fans that makes it really cool.
Speaking about Nashville, McLaughlin said:
Yeah, I guess in some ways it’s nice to have that happen later on down the road. I think you’re going to have your experienced guys that come up to speed on the track pretty quick. These days you got simulators as well. Everyone is probably going to have a simulator go on the track at one point beforehand and get used to the track and the limits there. Obviously you got to do it in real-time.
Yeah, look, it’s probably one that I’ve probably circled, said that’s probably one that I can be on the even terms in some ways for the first time this year. Yeah, I’ll try and make it work.