How Bathurst has McLaughlin geared for Indy 500 debut
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By Charlie Bullis, Pics by IndyCar Media
Scott McLaughlin is confident he will be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of his first Indianapolis 500, claiming Supercars was the best possible training ground.
Last weekend, McLaughlin was pipped to victory at Texas Motor Speedway by compatriot Scott Dixon, who won the 500-mile classic in 2008.
Dixon, who has won six IndyCar titles, was in awe of McLaughlin’s oval track debut, saying after the race: "“I was looking down, and looking in the mirror. He was fast.''
Speaking during his Balls & Bumpers podcast, the Team Penske driver reflected on his time spent endurance racing in Australia and how the taxing Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama played a vital role in his preparation.
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“I have heard the Indy 500 is very tough,” he said.
“You’ve almost got to get race fit for the Indy 500 itself.
“It’s very similar to Bathurst from what I’ve heard and that’s one thing that I believe being in Supercars is going to prepare me well for.
“Being a rookie at 27 years old and having the experience that I’ve had over the years, I genuinely feel like almost I have a leg up.
“Supercars has really prepared me for what’s ahead, and the experience I’ve had at a very high level.”