When Scott McLaughlin makes his IndyCar Series debut next month in St Petersburg, the Kiwi will be dressed in familiar colours.
Team Penske has unveiled McLaughlin’s livery for the event — sporting similar Shell V-Power colours to the 27-year-old’s Ford Mustang in Supercars.
Shell is joined by an assortment of Team Penske backers, including Hitachi, PPG, and Verizon. Interestingly, given the car’s Chevrolet power-plant, McLaughlin is set to race with the General Motors firm’s logo on his sidepods.
It was confirmed earlier today that McLaughlin will compete in the final race of the IndyCar season. The news followed deliberations between the Kiwi and the Australian Government in order to be given exemption to travel during the country’s heightened Covid-19 regulations.
McLaughlin had been scheduled to make his debut at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, only for the global pandemic to force border shutdowns and change calendars both in Australia and the United States.
“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 and make my IndyCar debut,” McLaughlin said in today’s statement.
“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 the wheel of one of these cars this year due to all the COVID-19 restrictions, but I wanted to be ready if it became an opportunity.”