Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin is the driver of the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet in the 2022 NTT IndyCar Championship.

The New Zealand-born, Australian-raised 28 year-old is embarking on his second season in the premier American open-wheel series.

His debut season netted the IndyCar Rookie of the Year honours – where he became the first Team Penske driver to win the award in the team’s rich history.

He also received the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year title.

He finished 13th in his maiden IndyCar Championship tilt.

McLaughlin is a three-time Supercars Champion (2018 – 2020) and the 2019 Bathurst 1000 Champion – where he raced a Ford Mustang for DJR Team Penske.

He remains the youngest ever Supercar driver (aged 16), the youngest Supercar race winner (aged 19), and is one of the most popular drivers in Australia and New Zealand.

He lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with his wife, Karly, and their cavoodle, named Chase.

News

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR! – Round 5

Hi everyone,

Well that was some sort of day at the races.

Let me tell you about it.

Here’s Scott’s snapshot of Saturday…

Race was brought forward to avoid the rain, then delayed due to lightning and much heavier rain.

So that meant my first taste of an IndyCar in the wet was going to be in a race! No biggie!

Waiting around did nothing for my nerves…

Started 11th and ran in the mid-pack, then ran up the front, pitted a few times, then found ourselves in the lead.

We gambled on the wrong tyres at the end – which left us on slicks when the rain returned so we were a sitting duck.

Could have won the race, could have regained the championship lead, but then spun under the safety car.

Then spun again under green.

Had to pit again – and finished with our tail between our legs, a lap down, back in 20th.

As a day – it was completely frantic and taxing and draining – both emotionally and physically but most importantly, mentally… I was cooked by the end!

Let me tell you, a beer never tasted so good as it did back in the bus on Saturday night.

But it’s everything I love about IndyCar racing.

I’ve been telling you a bit now – that it’s the MOST competitive motorsport series in the world right now, and you just have to be at the top of your game.

And if you’re not – it has the ability to punch you right in the guts.

Like it did in qualifying on Friday – I was super fast across qualifying until our final run when we were an inch wide on our final run. An inch!

We should have been up the front – instead we started on row six.

Again – so competitive. And so brutal if you’re a fraction off.

Which is how race day panned out.

We were perfect throughout and I thought we were on for a podium at the very least – but looking back we really could have won the thing.

Instead we rolled the dice as a team and picked the wrong tyre.

It was a team call – we just made the wrong choice as a collective, and we were caught out at the end.

It’s one that got away – but I’m still optimistic of where we’re at.

So the positives.

Our pace is awesome and we’re all feeling great as a team.

The stops were brilliant – we jumped Colton Herta under caution which had us in the box seat to win the thing… but then the heaven’s opened.

And despite everything that happened – we remain second in the championship, which is a bit of a miracle really, but we’ll take it. 

The good news – my teammate Will Power has leapfrogged us and Alex Palou to be the new series leader, so it’s a great vibe at Penske ahead of the biggest few weeks of the year.

Will is such a great example for me to follow – his consistency is something else, and he’s now grabbed the title lead with finishes inside the top four at all five races so far without winning.

Now all eyes turn to the oval here at the Brickyard with opening practice kicking off tomorrow for the Indianapolis 500.

The vibe at the speedway and in the town is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

I’m so excited for what’s to come – and I’m enjoying sharing the experience with you all.

I’m pumped!

The weekend didn’t pan out perfectly for us obviously, but hopefully there’s brighter opportunities ahead.

Thanks for the support,

Scotty


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Schedule

2022 NTT IndyCar Championship Schedule

USA                        AUST / NZ            Round                   Venue

Feb 27                   Feb 28                  1                             Streets of St Petersburg (1st)

March 20             March 21            2                             Texas Motor Speedway (2nd)

April 10                April 11                3                             Streets of Long Beach (14th)

May 1                    May 2                   4                              Barber Motorsports Park (6th)

May 14                 May 15                 5                              Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course)

May 29                 May 30               6                              Indianapolis 500

June 5                   June 6                 7                              Raceway at Bell Isle Park

June 12                 June 13               8                              Road America

July 3                     July 4                   9                              Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

July 17                   July 18                 10                           Streets of Toronto

July 23                   July 24                11                           Iowa Speedway – Race 1
July 24                   July 25                                                Iowa Speedway – Race 2

July 30                   July 31                 12                           Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course)

August 7               August 8           13                           Streets of Nashville

August 20            August 21         14                           World Wide Technology Raceway, Gateway

September 4      September 5   15                           Portland International Raceway

September 11    September 12  16                           WeatherTech Raceway, Laguna Seca