Scott McLaughlin has signed a multi-year extension to remain at Team Penske, the team announced on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old New Zealander has enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign piloting the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet in the NTT IndyCar Series, featuring three wins, seven podiums and three poles en route to sitting fifth in the championship standings, 41 points behind teammate and leader Will Power through 16 of 17 races.
McLaughlin first joined Team Penske DJR in 2017 and vaulted to a three-time Supercars champion in Australia from 2018-20. He made his IndyCar debut in the final round on the Streets of St. Petersburg in the COVID-impacted 2020 season and became a full-time competitor in North Americas premier open-wheel championship in 2021, capturing Rookie of the Year honors.
“Scott took a big gamble when he came to IndyCar, as he knew he would be leaving a series where he knew he could thrive for years to come,” said Team Penske President, Tim Cindric. “To see him have the success he has had so far has been really satisfying, as we were confident in his talent. We just didn’t know how long it would take for him to gain the confidence in himself. Scott has adjusted quickly and has already established himself as someone that can win at any track during one of the most competitive eras of IndyCar racing. He continues to be a great representative for our partners and he has connects well with race fans all over the world. We are excited that he will continue to be part of the Team Penske legacy for years to come.”
McLaughlin added, “Team Penske has been such a huge part of my career, helping me get to where I’m at today, so I’m excited to continue racing with Roger (Penske), Tim and the entire team well into the future. Getting a chance to move to the United States and chase my racing dream, driving in the IndyCar Series, is something that would not have been possible without Team Penske, so I’m forever grateful. I’ve had so many great moments with this team, from winning three Supercars Championships to winning the Bathurst 1000 to making my first IndyCar start. Now, we are competing at a high level, winning races and poles and even competing for the series championship. I can’t wait to see what the future holds with Team Penske.”