The two-time and reigning Supercars champion, who tested impressively for the Team Penske-Chevrolet at Sebring and Circuit of The Americas, and passed his oval rookie test at Texas Motor Speedway has long harbored the ambition of racing in U.S. open-wheel.
He was then due to make his race debut in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis this year, but that was put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised date of that event clashed with a Supercars round and there were at any rate major travel restrictions in Australia and the U.S. at the time.
Now the team has confirmed that the 27-year-old New Zealander will be on the grid in the Oct. 25 finale of the NTT IndyCar Series.
“This is something I haven’t stopped thinking about, but I wanted to ensure my focus was on winning our third-straight Supercars championship for DJR Team Penske and all our partners in Australia,” said McLaughlin.
“We are still laser-focused on that and have three more rounds to get it done, but I’m equally as excited to finally get the chance to make my IndyCar debut. I’ve been doing everything I can to keep up with the series this year, from watching as many races as I can on TV to even talking to the drivers and some of the engineers back at the Team Penske shop.
“I never knew if I would be able to get behind…