Scott McLaughlin (right). Pic: Mark Horsburgh

SCOTT McLaughlin will join the Supercars television team as a special guest for the season-ending VALO Adelaide 500.

It will mark the three-time IndyCar Series race winner’s first appearance in the Repco Supercars Championship paddock since rounding out his 2020 title-winning campaign at Mount Panorama.

“I can’t wait to get back to a Supercars event although this time it will be a very different experience,” McLaughlin said.

“I’ve always had an interest in the TV game and I’m really excited to that I’ll be doing it for the first time with some of the best in the business in Jess Yates, Neil Crompton and Mark Skaife.

“I’ve watched as much of the season so far when I can, even on the bus at my events and love to follow the progress of the championship.”

McLaughlin is the most recent Supercars winner at Adelaide, having triumphed in the Sunday leg of the 2020 edition.

“I was as excited as anyone to see the event back on the Supercars calendar,” said the Team Penske star.

“It’s one of the great street circuits and I can’t wait to see what Turn 8 has in store for the drivers this year.”

McLaughlin celebrates victory in 2020

Supercars head of broadcast David Tunnicliffe is excited to see what McLaughlin adds to the team.

“Scott and I have kept in touch ever since he headed to the USA, and we know when he’s watching over there as myself and many others get messages from him with his thoughts on what’s going on,” Tunnicliffe said.

“From the moment I asked Scott if he would make a guest appearance in the TV team, he was keen, we just had to keep our fingers crossed that the schedules aligned, and they did.

“Scott will not only offer his expert opinion, but we’re working on a few other cool little projects that fans watching on from around the world will see within the broadcast.”

Supercars will compete at Adelaide across December 1-4, with action featuring both on free-to-air and subscription television.

The 2022 IndyCar season wraps up tomorrow morning (AEST), with McLaughlin starting eighth on the Laguna Seca grid.

Australia’s Will Power, who leads the standings, will start from pole.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.