#ScottLearnsAmerica: McLaughlin appreciates life in the United States

« Little things you don’t think about, like different airports, where to put rental cars, where to do all that sort of stuff, » laughed McLaughlin, three-time Australian V8 Supercars champion. « Things you don’t think about that are second nature in Australia when you’ve been there all your life. »

McLaughlin said the highlight of last NFL season was seeing New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees play in person. The Saints beat the hosts Panthers 33-7 on January 3. Brees threw three touchdowns.

As for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, McLaughlin has some interesting observations to make about his more experienced teammates.

“You put Will Power in a cardboard box, he would probably get the pole,” he said. “If you put Josef (Newgarden) in there, he’s just very brilliant. Simon (Pagenaud), he likes the safe car. »


« Because he was so popular there and won three championships in a row, » Power said.

Rinus VeeKay won an NTT P1 award for pole last year at the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a series rookie, but he had competed on the IMS road course in Indy Lights. Colton Herta won Circuit at The Americas – a new circuit for INDYCAR in 2019 – for just his third series start, and of course Alexander Rossi was a newcomer to IMS when he won the 100 km race.th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in 2016. Before that, Carlos Huertas established himself as a rookie in the series in 2014 in Houston.

Most of the time, newcomers to INDYCAR have taken the lead in the fender during their acclimatization period, especially when they are unfamiliar with the circuits either. At least McLaughlin had two tests at Barber Motorsports Park, home of the first Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst, on Sunday, April 18.

« This year for me is a learning season, » he said. “I have time. I intend to be here for a long time, not a short time.

« I just have to make sure I get through this year, learn the tracks, learn the car (and) come back stronger, even better in 2022. »

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