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

Bring on Nashville – Round 13

Hey guys,

It’s an exciting time in our sport right now – as we head for Nashville, one of our biggest events, which is crazy to say in just its second year.

Last year the place was wild – the organisers did such an amazing job.

The street circuit is insane – with the bridge crossing, racing around the footy stadium, with so many blind turns, and the fact it’s only a short walk from the party district lends itself to one wild event!

We go there in a little bit of form – third at Iowa followed by fourth last week at Indianapolis, so I feel good about our chances. 

And our street track form has been really strong this year – both for myself and our team, so here’s hoping it’s a good one. 

It’s great to be in the car for a fourth straight week on the back of Toronto, Iowa and Indy.

I love racing and to do it so much is great for your confidence.  

Looking back on last year’s race at Nashville was hard to do – we’ve come so far in the space of twelve months, but last year was a SHOCKER!

We had near misses, then we were taken out, then we had some more wild moments – including a wild slide off the bridge, and then the ultimate kick in the pills – my teammate speared me off to end our day.

A 22nd was a wild and unflattering way to kick off our Nashville experience – so I’m really confident this year will be better!

Again, qualifying will be absolutely, positively crucial. 

We showed at St Pete to start the year that if you’re up the front you miss all of the commotion which comes, especially on a street track, especially at Nashville. 

So Saturday is pivotal to our chances. 

But at the end of the day – you only have to look to last year at Nashville… the eventual winner had the biggest crash of all of us, yet was still able to box on and get the win. 

That’s IndyCar – it’s bloody wild. 

But I love it. 

I like the fact we’re spaced out a bit more this weekend – practice on Friday and a second session on Saturday allows us time to process how we’re going. I like that. 

Then qualifying before the big race on Sunday. 

Nashville is a cool place – so definitely put it on your bucket list!

Catch the race Monday morning back home. 

I’ll chat to you afterwards.

I also want to just say how pumped I am for the return of the Adelaide 500! 

I’ve loved reading about the new launch… and I love the fact the Killers are playing – how cool is that.

It makes me happy to hear one of the best motorsport events anywhere in the world is back. 

So I’m really pleased for the series and the fans back home.

Thanks guys,

Scotty


Join me on my journey – check out my posts from the 2021 IndyCar Series and keep up to date with my thoughts in 2022 at the link below.

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 (20th)

May 29                 May 30               6                              Indianapolis 500 (29th)

June 5                   June 6                 7                              Raceway at Bell Isle Park (19th)

June 12                 June 13               8                              Road America (7th)

July 3                     July 4                   9                              Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1st)

July 17                   July 18                 10                           Streets of Toronto (9th)

July 23                   July 24                11                           Iowa Speedway – Race 1 (22nd)
July 24                   July 25                                                Iowa Speedway – Race 2 (3rd)

July 30                   July 31                 12                           Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) (4th)

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

Media

Follow Scott’s journey: He chats to Racer about his second year gains after a win in Mid-Ohio.
Living the Dream: Herald Sun Newspaper – March 1, 2023

Follow all of the media work and media appearances by Scott McLaughlin in 2022.

ONLINE

Ryan: The shoey fits for new IndyCar star Scott McLaughlin – NBC Sports

McLaughlin Savoring Maiden IndyCar Win After ‘Hard Times’ in 2021 | TobyChristie.com

Perseverance pays off for McLaughlin with IndyCar breakthrough – Speedcafe

Scott McLaughlin interview 2022 (whichcar.com.au)

Getting real about Scott McLaughlin | Stuff.co.nz

XPEL To Back Scott McLaughlin In 3 Races – SPEED SPORT

McLaughlin looking ‘really good’ for Bathurst 1000 return – Speedcafe

McLaughlin has lofty IndyCar ambitions (muswellbrookchronicle.com.au)

McLaughlin inside top 10 at Sebring test – Speedcafe

RADIO

Scott McLaughlin with Melbourne sports journalist and radio host Gerard Whateley.

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PODCASTS

Balls and Bumpers with Jack Riewoldt and Scott McLaughlin

Listen to the Podcast – just click here!