Scott McLaughlin, two-time and current Supercars champion, should have been making his NTT IndyCar Series debut for Team Penske at the GP of Indianapolis, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced a rescheduling that has put the brakes on his career switch. But David Malsher-Lopez explains why the New Zealander deserves this opportunity as soon as possible.
It was probably some 18 months ago when I told someone within IndyCar that the reigning Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin was eager to move to America to continue his motorsport career. The guy looked appalled.
“What a f***ing waste of talent!” he spluttered. “How can he live with that? All that road-racing talent and he’s going to end up wanking around in an oval crapshoot week after week. It’s gonna be Marcos Ambrose all over again – he’ll win the road races and be lost on the ovals because he’s got no data. What is he thinking?!”
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