Team Penske’s new NTT IndyCar Series driver Scott McLaughlin settled into his new surroundings on Sunday as the New Zealander made his race debut in the 2020 season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Sunday.
McLaughlin, the 2020 Virgin Atlantic Australian Supercar champion qualified in 21st place and although he retired from the race he said it was the best experience of his life.
McLaughlin will transition to a full time IndyCar Series driver with Team Penske as they return to an four car programme in 2021 and speaking following the race, where he drove the No.3 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Chevrolet he said:
What a day. The best day of my life, except for my wedding. The Shell V-Power Nitro+ INDYCAR was going really well. Then I just made a move trying to block Marco (Andretti). Then I felt like I made a half of a rear lock, but I’m not exactly sure. Cold tires caught me out a little bit. But I had a lot of fun today. I just can’t thank my guys, Roger (Penske), Tim (Cindric), Shell V-Power and the entire organization for the weekend. It was so much fun. I wish the 2021 season was starting tomorrow. I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of this car.
McLaughlin will make his Indianapolis 500 debut next March anx will join his new team mate’s Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud at Barber Motorsports Park next week for and open test.