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.

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Ready to go! – Round 9

Hi all, 

We’re back on track this weekend after a few weeks of R & R. 

After a really busy month and a bit – it’s been nice to take a breather. 

Karly and I got back to New York to see her family, and my folks are still here – so it’s been great to show them around the place. 

I can see the old boy putting a few kilos on by the week eating American food! 

So it’s been a nice break, but we’re ready to go this weekend at Mid Ohio. 

It’s a cool weekend to be racing here in the USA – being July 4 weekend – and they’re predicting a wild and full crowd, which should be heaps of fun. 

The crowds IndyCar is pulling this year has been phenomenal, and awesome to see – especially after the last year or so dealing with COVID – and since the 500 the attendances have been enormous.

IndyCar is doing a lot of great things right now – and we’re on main stream TV over here this weekend so it’s a huge opportunity for the sport. 

Now it’s up to us to hunt another great result.

Round 1 at St Pete feels like a million years ago – and I want to get back on the podium – and hopefully we can do that this weekend. 

I love the track – it’s long and sweeping and there’s run off which makes you more committed to having a crack.

It’s such a wild place – the elevation changes are massive – there’s serious high speed corners, plus enough tight stuff to make overtaking possible. 

It’s a real favourite for both the drivers and the race fans. 

I think we’ll be OK as well.

Obviously it’s a place where the team has had a lot of success – Josef Newgarden got the win here this time last year – so we’re reasonably optimistic. 

We’re on track Friday for opening practice – so we have time to work our way into the weekend, with qualifying simply crucial on Saturday. 

We’ve been spending heaps of time on that to be better and give ourselves the best shot in the race on Sunday. 

I think we got a bit of confidence back last start at Road America with a solid top ten finish (7th) – so I’m feeling good. 

We sit ninth in the standings – Will Power is second, Josef is third – and we’re all chasing the 500 winner Marcus Ericsson. 

So it’s game on. 

I can’t wait to get back in the car and give it everything and hopefully grab a trophy for my #3 crew. 

Qualifying back home is early Sunday morning, with the race early Monday morning. 

I’ll report back then. 

Let’s have ourselves a good weekend!

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 (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

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