Scott McLaughlin teases debut in world-famous race

Scott McLaughlin is targeting starts in some of the world’s most iconic endurance races, but says it won’t be with his prolific IndyCar team.

Team Penske, who he races for in IndyCar, has partnered with Porsche to establish squads in the IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.

Previously, Team Penske has taken drivers out of its IndyCar program to compete in events like the 24 Hours of Daytona and Sebring 12 Hours in the United States.

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McLaughlin spoke with media, including Wide World of Sports, upon returning to Australia off the back of his breakout second IndyCar season.

Asked if a start at Daytona and later in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the new Porsche Penske Motorsport program was a possibility, McLaughlin said he’s planning to contest those events but that it wouldn’t be with that team.

“Not [2023]at least,” said McLaughlin.

“I’m sort of working on a few other things in the pipeline about hopefully trying to do those races.

“I’ve sort of got a few things in the works. It won’t be with Porsche, no.”

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McLaughlin’s baseline is to contest the 24 Hours of Daytona, which could extend to a part-time campaign in the Endurance Cup of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

That would see him race at Daytona, Sebring and the season-ending 10-hour-long Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta.

Exactly what division McLaughlin would compete in remains unclear, although the all-new LMDh cars and second-tier LMP2 cars are the most like his IndyCar.

Although a start with Porsche Penske Motorsport might not be forthcoming in 2023, it’s rumored opportunities may come in 2024.

The addition of Daytona to his racing schedule would fill a rather lap gap in his schedule.

This year’s IndyCar season finished in September and the 2023 calendar doesn’t begin until March.

The 24 Hours of Daytona takes place in late January.

Looking ahead to 2023, McLaughlin said he’s eager to maintain his momentum off the back of his 2022 campaign that included two wins and fourth overall in the standings.

“I felt like I was in a very good window with the car and I think we’re in a good space as a team there as well, at least on the car three side,” said McLaughlin.

“Will [Power] winning the championship for the team was unreal. It really sets us up for the year ahead.

“I’m not doubting anything. It’s going to be a tough ask regardless. You’ve got to turn up with, dotting all your i’s and crossing all your t’s ad make sure you’ve sorted everything out.

“I feel like, third year in the category, I’m really comfortable in the car and having won already now gives you the confidence you can win again.

“Hopefully we can just be a little bit more consistent in that early to mid part of the year and maybe be a little bit more closer to the front towards the end of the season.”

The 2023 IndyCar Series gets underway on the streets of St Petersburg on March 6.

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