Three-time Repco Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin’s impressive rookie campaign took a giant leap forward this morning AEST when the Kiwi claimed his his first ever podium result, behind countryman Scott Dixon in Texas.
Making McLaughlin’s drive even more impressive was the fact he started 15th and made his way through the field to claim second; on the first oval circuit he has ever raced.
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The New Zealand star was beaten only by Dixon, a five-time IndyCar champion, in the 212-lap Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
An elated McLaughlin said: “I’ve never been so bloody happy for second.”
Dixon celebrates Pic: IndyCar Media
“It was awesome battling my all-time favourite hero,” McLaughlin declared of Dixon.
Dixon was asked how much attention he was paying to McLaughlin behind him.
McLaughlin celebrates Pic: @Team_Penske
“A lot,” Dixon replied.
“I have this thing on my dashboard that tells me the gap to the other cars but I might need to remove it because it was stressing me out. He was fast.”
Supercars commentator and hall of fame inductee Mark Skaife was quick to praise McLaughlin’s performance tweeting: