Scott McLaughlin’s first real taste of IndyCar will have to wait until tomorrow as the first day of the official IndyCar Test was cut short due to rain.
The inclement weather at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas disrupted almost all of the day’s running with teams unable to run for anything more than installation laps, before eventually having the session suspended two hours before the scheduled end to the day.
The back-to-back Supercars champion and Bathurst winner initially tested for Penske at Sebring last month before being offered the opportunity to race at Indianapolis in May.
“I woke up today like it was Christmas and I haven’t been able to open my presents,”said McLaughlin.
“That’s how I’m feeling right about now. I still got a chance to go out there and have a feel. The team got an idea of the windscreen with the rain and all of that.
“Unfortunately, it was just too cold with the tyres. Firestone and IndyCar made the call we should just wait.
“We didn’t get as much running as we wanted, but it looks to be better tomorrow now.”
A mere seven drivers made it out on track during the 10-minute window in the morning session, with defending champion Josef Newgarden quickest with an unrepresentative time of 2m46.600s.
Mclaughlin, Conor Daly and Alex Palou were the only drivers who ventured out in the afternoon.
The track itself got to no more than 8 degrees Celsius on what was a bitterly cold day in the Lone Star State.
IndyCar will be running an extended schedule for tomorrow’s second and final day of testing to make up for the lack of running held today.