McLaughlin in awe after first laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Scott McLaughlin got his first taste of the “Racing Capital of the World” on Wednesday when he completed Rookie Orientation Program ahead of next year’s 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Like many first-time drivers that arrive at IMS, the sharp, 90-degree left-hand corners seem daunting when blazing down the long 5/8-mile straightaways, leaving drivers to wonder if they really can drive through the 1/4-mile long corner at speeds over 200 mph. The Rookie Orientation Program that McLaughlin took part in is required for all drivers who are new to the high-speed oval. Phase 1 requires a driver to complete 10 laps at speeds between 205-210mph. Phase 2 requires a driver to complete 15 more laps at speeds between 210-215 mph. The final stage, Phase 3, requires a driver to complete 15 laps at speeds over 215 mph. McLaughlin’s run wasn’t his first visit to IMS, but it was his first on-track performance.

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