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McLaughlin mulls post-driving career path

SCOTT McLaughlin admits he can see a long-term future for himself in team management beyond his days behind the wheel.

The Supercars-turned-IndyCar sensation was this week revealed as a co-owner in the Hodges Motorsport team which will tackle the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic next January.

McLaughlin was quick to point out his role in the operation is “very, very small” although it is a venture he’s excited about.

But it’s not exactly a prelude to a future in team ownership, unlike the path others such as Jamie Whincup have headed down.

Team management might be a different matter, however.

“I haven’t really thought about it, honestly,” McLaughlin said.

“This was just an opportunity that I got on with some friends but I think I would love to be probably more so, I feel like I can add to a team from a management-type role.

“I don’t know if I would ever want to own but I certainly enjoy the camaraderie that you can have when you build a good team.

“I enjoyed that throughout the years at DJR and sort of being a leader in some ways as a driver, but I certainly think it would be a cool way to see a different side of the sport later in life.

“But right now, I’ve never really focused on the ownership perspective at all, it’s just always been driving and focusing on that.”

McLaughlin is back in Australia and will join the Supercars broadcast team for the Adelaide 500 in three weeks’ time.

His focus behind the wheel remains firmly on IndyCar, with the 29-year-old declining an offer to drive a Gen3 Supercar prototype and not all that keen on dipping into the sprintcar racing scene as the likes of Cam Waters have either.

“I don’t know if I would like to race one, I’m not sure,” McLaughlin said when asked if he’d be tempted to hop in a sprintcar given his newfound involvement in the discipline.

“I’d love to drive one, I’ve never driven anything on the dirt before, I think that would be very cool.

“I have definitely had plenty of offers to race something but I just haven’t gone through with it.

“It’s something that is definitely intriguing for me but at the same time, to race one, it’s pretty hardcore racing. When they have a shunt, she’s a big one.

“So I’m probably focused on the IndyCar program right now, not putting myself at risk.”

McLaughlin’s third full IndyCar season will kick off at St. Petersburg on March 5, 2023.

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