Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin to get IndyCar test

Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin will get behind the wheel of an Indy car for the first time next month.

McLaughlin, the reigning two-time champion, has competed for Team Penske in the series since 2017, and will link up with the company’s IndyCar operation in January.

McLaughlin, who will defend his crown in 2020, will sample the open-wheeler at Sebring on January 13.

“I am always open to new challenges and I’m thankful to Team Penske for providing this opportunity to test an Indy car,” said McLaughlin.

“We had an amazing year in 2019 and I’m looking forward to defending our Supercars championship next season.

“I’m also excited to grow as a driver and being with Team Penske creates cool opportunities to try something new.

“Although I have spent a few hours in a simulator earlier this year, it’s going to be a blast to see what one really feels like at a place like Sebring.”

Added Roger Penske: “Scott has been incredibly successful for DJR Team Penske over the last three seasons and he has become a true champion of our sport.

“He certainly embraces new challenges and we think this is a great opportunity to utilise the IndyCar Series rookie testing program so Scott can experience what it is like to get behind the wheel of one of our Indy cars.”