Defending Australian V8 Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin will make his NTT IndyCar Series debut this Saturday at 4PM ET when IndyCar host the inaugural NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge. The New Zealander who has been tipped to make a full time switch to the NTT IndyCar Series in the future possibly as early as next year was due to make his series debut at the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis however due to the current COVID 19 global pandemic that is unlikely at this moment in in time as the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway consider their options for the month of May.
Speaking to supercars.com McLaughlin said:
They’re going to race around 4-6pm EST Saturdays so for me that’s 6-8am [AEST] Sundays.
“It’s cool, I’ve got plenty on.
“It’s going to be perfect for New Zealand viewers on my [Twitch] stream because it’s three hours ahead there so it will be 9am, which works out well.
“But I just want to race, I just want to drive and race those guys.
“I like that they’re fixed set-ups because you have just got to drive the thing and get better and that’s something that I enjoy probably more so.
McLaughlin who has had successful on track tests with Penske will join his team mates, defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden dand Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud in the field for the Saturday’s race along with a host of other drivers in the series.
McLaughlin went on to say:
All of the boys are going to be doing it… I think they’re similar to what the V8 guys have been doing, everyone has been trying to sort out simulators so it’s pretty funny.
“It’s a little bit of a different dynamic, it’s just cool, the interaction level is higher.
“I’m not the best on there by any means, I have still got a lot to learn but it’s cool to be able to race around and talk and interact with the fans.
“It’s been a good little addition to my life.
The NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge will be live streamed via http://Indycar.com