Team Penske announced on Friday that 2019 Virgin Australian Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin who races for the DJR Team Penske outfit will test for their NTT IndyCar Series team at the rookie orientation test at Sebring International Raceway on Monday January 13.
Speaking about the news, McLaughlin said:
“I am always open to new challenges and I’m thankful to Team Penske for providing this opportunity to test an Indy car. “We had an amazing year in 2019 and I’m looking forward to defending our Supercars championship next season. I’m also excited to grow as a driver and being with Team Penske creates cool opportunities to try something new. Although I have spent a few hours in a simulator earlier this year, it’s going to be a blast to see what one really feels like at a place like Sebring.”
Team owner Roger Penske said:
Scott has been incredibly successful for DJR Team Penske over the last three seasons and he has become a true champion of our sport. “He certainly embraces new challenges and we think this is a great opportunity to utilize the IndyCar Series rookie testing program so Scott can experience what it is like to get behind the wheel of one of our Indy cars.”
Team Penske had a fantastic 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season with Simon Pagenaud winning the Indianapolis 500 while Josef Newgarden won his second NTT IndyCar Series championship.