Team Penske announced on Wednesday that defending Virgin Australia Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin will make his NTT IndyCar Series debut on Saturday 9 May at the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
McLaughlin who has produced 35 wins in the Australian Supercar championship with pilot the No.2 Chevrolet.
McLaughlin who will take part in next week’s Spring training NTT IndyCar Series test at the Circuit of the Americas said:
This is an amazing opportunity – to race against some of the best open wheel drivers in the world on one of the most historic tracks in motorsports.
Speaking about attempting to defend his Supercar title McLaughlin said:
I’m excited about the challenge of trying to win a third-consecutive Supercars championship while helping to keep the Shell V-Power Racing Team at the front of the field this season. I’m also really looking forward to this new opportunity. “It’s a driver’s dream to get a chance to race an Indy car for Team Penske. With the experience I gained at the test in Sebring, I know a little bit more about what to expect when I get back into the car at COTA. I just want to learn as much as I can every time I’m in the car so I can make the most of the opportunity to race with the team at the Grand Prix in Indianapolis.”
Team Penske owner Roger Penske commented saying:
Scott has experienced tremendous success in Supercars over the last three seasons with DJR Team Penske and we believe his talent and his drive will continue to shine behind the wheel of an Indy car. “It will be interesting to see how he continues to develop as we work up to his first race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. We know Scott will work hard to improve with every lap and he will represent Team Penske well as he gets acclimated to the IndyCar Series.”