Otago Daily Times

IndyCar race challenge for McLaughlin



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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