Who is Scott McLaughlin?
The Australian Supercars Series, commonly known as the V8 Supercars, has been part of the GRID since the formation of the GRID. No racer has contended or lead the GRID Ranking until this season, when Scott McLauglin changed that. Scott McLauglin is off to a great start with seven wins in the nine races he started. An unexpected pre-race crash prevented Scott from participating in all 10 races so far, but Scott responded back with more wins, and sits on top of the GRID Ranking.
But who is Scott McLaughlin? The 25-year-old out of Christchurch, New Zealand made his Supercars debut in 2012, starting 3 races. The following season he took two wins and others took notice of the young racer. Last season Scott scored nine wins in route to his first Supercars championship. He has his eyes set on becoming a back to back champion, but he made it clear earlier, he wants more.
Last year at Gold Cost 600, Scott drove Joey Logano’s 22 NASCAR Cup car. Then in February Scott made the announcement that his goal is NASCAR. The last Supercars racer to race in NASCAR top series was Marcos Ambrose. Scott’s team owner is no stranger to NASCAR success, running a three car team, with two champions, none other than Roger Penske.
Scott the last two seasons showed he can win, 16 wins total since joining Roger Penske, and if you count the seven wins this season, 23 total and more likely to come. Scott is not a one year wonder, he has been building up to this moment, and is making the case that he is ready to race NASCAR. Roger does have the resources to run a fourth team in a road course event, and there is an opportunity.
NASCAR will be at Sonoma on June 23, the Supercars are off that weekend, and there is plenty of time for Scott to make it to California and make a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series debut. The media in Australia and New Zealand will no doubt be following Scott if this deal somehow becomes real. A win for the fans, a win for both series, and a well deserving racer that is worthy of the opportunity