McLaughlin’s IndyCar debut race postponed

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 27/03/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

Scott McLaughlin’s IndyCar Series race debut has been postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect global motorsport calendars.

McLaughlin was in line to contest the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis road course on May 9 for Team Penske.

That event has now been rescheduled for July 4 to become part of a historic double-header with NASCAR.

“For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles.

McLaughlin in theory should still be able to debut in the GMR Grand Prix, given the July 4 date does not clash with any Supercars events.

The Kiwi’s Team Penske race call-up followed a series of test outings at the start of the year for the powerhouse squad.

Penske owns a majority share in Shell V-Power Racing, for which McLaughlin has won the past two Supercars championships.

The 26-year-old McLaughlin got an initial taste of the American open-wheel series with a test at Sebring, Florida, in January.

It was a two-day program at the Circuit of the Americas where he really shone, finishing third fastest out of the full 27-car field.

McLaughlin then got the chance to experience an oval circuit, heading to the high-speed Texas Motor Speedway and hitting upwards of 350km/h.

After all that, he still managed to return to Australia and emerge from Adelaide with the Supercars championship lead thanks to a second-place finish and a win in the two street races.

That points lead remains intact as Supercars awaits the opportunity to return to the race track.

In the meantime, McLaughlin will contest both the Supercars All Stars Eseries and the IndyCar iRacing Series.

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