Aussie V8 Supercars ace Scott McLaughlin says he needs to observe within the footsteps of fellow countryman Marcos Ambrose, who received seven NASCAR races in a nine-year profession within the U.S.
McLaughlin, 24, at present drives Down Underneath for Roger Penske as a part of the highly effective DJR/Workforce Penske Supercars staff. He changed Ambrose on the staff when the previous Wooden Brothers and Richard Petty Motorsports racer didn’t ship for The Captain when he returned residence in 2014.
The New Zealand-born McLaughlin has received six races this yr within the highway racing collection on the wheel of the No. 17 Shell V-Energy Racing Workforce Ford. He leads the championship and has his sights set firmly on the Supercars title, which might be a primary for Penske.
“I’ve received a championship to win,” stated McLaughlin in the course of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 touring vehicles weekend. “But it surely’s my purpose someday to drive in NASCAR.”
McLaughlin, who went out with engine troubles early on this yr’s 1000, was a fan of two-time Supercars champ Ambrose as a child in New Zealand.
“He was a terrific driver,” stated McLaughlin of Ambrose, who made 227 Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup begins from 2006-2014. “I’d wish to at the least emulate him.”
Scott McLaughlin celebrates following an enormous weekend in Queensland, Australia, in July.
And McLaughlin would like to do it at Workforce Penske.
“When an individual like Roger (Penske) thinks you may drive a bit, it’s not a foul feeling,” stated McLaughlin. “It might be superior to compete in America. I’m 24, and I do have an extended approach to go. The perfect factor to do is verify off the containers, and as soon as I’ve executed that, I’ll most likely go someplace, and that may very well be to NASCAR.”
McLaughlin stated he has all the time admired NASCAR and IndyCar. Workforce Penske competes in each.
“I like the classes,” he stated. “I used to be a Penske fan from manner again and to align myself with them was a no brainer.”
Ambrose dominated highway racing in NASCAR throughout his time within the collection. He was strong on ovals too after studying the driving type essential to be aggressive on them. McLaughlin has by no means raced on an oval.
“I’ve executed a couple of laptop simulations on them,” stated McLaughlin. “I perceive the racing, the place to search out the grip, however it’s actually totally different.”