Supercars star slips behind the wheel of a stock car on home soil …
STORY: AARON NOONAN
IMAGE: SUPPLIED (SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM)
SHELL V-Power Racing Team star Scott McLaughlin is to get his first taste of a Penske NASCAR – but, surprisingly, it will be on Australian soil.
The 2017 Supercars Championship runner-up will slip behind the wheel of an ex-Joey Logano Penske NASCAR Ford at this weekend’s Vodafone Gold Coast 600 to turn demonstration laps and get his first taste of one of the American stock cars.
There will be three, 10-minute windows for the demonstrations; Friday at 4.10pm. Saturday at 12.30pm and Sunday at 12.50pm.
The car has been on display in the DJR Team Penske Museum at the operation’s Queensland workshop as part of a rotation of museum cars from the United States since late last year.
The car McLaughlin will drive is the same one that Logano drove to victory in the 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, scoring a cool US$1 million prize.
Watch the car in action here in 2016 at the All-Star Race …
McLaughlin has previously made public his interest in exploring racing in the United States and visited last year’s Watkins Glen NASCAR round as a guest of Team Penske.
“If there was ever an opportunity, and I didn’t have my goals ticked, I would still definitely go, you can’t knock it back, and for me as a young bloke you need to take those opportunities,” McLaughlin said in 2015 prior to joining DJR Team Penske of the opportunity to go NASCAR racing in The Mercury newspaper.
The sight of a NASCAR on the streets of the Gold Coast isn’t a new thing either – the Aussie NASCAR (and indeed AUSCAR) series was prominent on the Surfers Paradise street circuit in the early years of the Gold Coast Indy event in the early to mid 1990s.