McLaughlin Knows Winning Day Is Coming on Oval

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin led all of two laps in the two NTT INDYCAR SERIES races comprising the recent Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend at Iowa Speedway, but that doesn’t reflect the strength of his performance. McLaughlin was one of 27 series drivers who couldn’t match Josef Newgarden in the weekend doubleheader, yet he was the closest. McLaughlin shadowed his teammate throughout the second half of the first race, Saturday’s Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart, then was often only a tick or two behind him in the Sunday show, the Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade. McLaughlin ran in the second position for 350 of the weekend’s 500 laps – that’s 70 percent. “I’m learning every lap around these ovals,” said McLaughlin, who credited Newgarden for the time he took to review each other’s in-car cameras from a 2022 race at Iowa Speedway. McLaughlin said Newgarden’s domination of the Iowa weekend forced his crew to consider other alternatives in the Sunday race as they weren’t going to beat their teammate in a head-to-head fight. That, effectively, is where McLaughlin finished, though he lost a position in the three-lap final shootout.

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