Midseason Writers’ Roundtable: Best Non-Winning Drive?

But still, to win the pole and lead a race-high 44 laps on his way to a second-place finish is something no one should take lightly. Sure, Scott Dixon dominated that race, leading 206 of 212 laps. But McLaughlin was the only driver who kept the race interesting over the closing laps, chasing down Dixon and falling just .2646 of a second short of a shock victory in the very first oval race of his career. It was a mighty impressive performance by NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie McLaughlin, who was justified to say after the race: “I’ve never been this bloody happy to finish second in my life.

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