Otago Daily Times

IndyCar race chal­lenge for McLaugh­lin

MO­TOR­SPORT

- Sports · Sydney · United States of America · St. Petersburg, FL · Florida · Indianapolis Motor Speedway · Indianapolis · Speedway · Australia

SYD­NEY: Su­per­cars cham­pion Scott McLaugh­lin ad­mits his IndyCar de­but this week in the United States is one of the big­gest chal­lenges of his mo­tor­sport ca­reer.

The New Zealan­der flew to the US on Mon­day, a day after the Bathurst 1000, and has been scram­bling to ac­cli­ma­tise be­fore the Grand Prix of St Peters­burg in Florida on Mon­day morn­ing (NZT).

‘‘I just want to do ev­ery lap I can, do ev­ery pit stop I can,’’

McLaugh­lin said.

‘‘It’s a mas­sive learn­ing thing. ‘‘I’ll drive the car as fast as I can within my com­fort level — but my com­fort level will be a lot lower than some.

‘‘I’m fully ex­pect­ing this will be the tough­est chal­lenge of my ca­reer, but I’m look­ing for­ward to it.’’

McLaugh­lin’s shot at an IndyCar race went on hold this year due to Covid­19.

Hav­ing im­pressed in pre­sea­son tests, he was set to de­but at the Indianapol­is Mo­tor Speed­way road course in May. In­stead, he stayed in Aus­tralia and claimed a third straight Su­per­cars ti­tle.

The Ford star is adamant he will be back to de­fend his Su­per­cars ti­tle in 2021.

McLaugh­lin will get his first taste of the 2.9km St Peters­burg street cir­cuit to­mor­row with prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing. The 100­lap sea­son fi­nale will be­gin at 7.30am on Mon­day, NZT. — Reuters

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