No. 3 DEX Imaging Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin
Laps Completed: 260/260
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 13th (-190)
As a rookie in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Scott McLaughlin is just getting used to running on ovals. You would not know it by his record thus far in 2021 as he finished fourth in Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in the No. 3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet. He finished second in the first race of the doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway earlier in the year.
Qualifying was an area that McLaughlin wanted to improve upon to help accentuate the race pace he has shown this year. His 11th-place starting position on Saturday represented his best qualifying effort in the last eight races.
A hectic start to the race saw McLaughlin drop a couple of spots as the event tried to find a rhythm after several caution flags slowed the field. Once everything began to settle down, the three-time Australian Supercars champion began to work his way through the field like a veteran.
McLaughlin easily maneuvered into the top 10 with the help of a fast No. 3 Chevrolet, along with solid strategy and work by his pit crew. As attrition began to take its toll on the field, McLaughlin and team were able to capitalize and enter the top five with just under 100 laps remaining in the event.
The New Zealand ace drove flawlessly the rest of the way to finish in the fourth position, his second top-five finish of the year as he looks to put together a strong finish to his maiden INDYCAR SERIES campaign.
The next race for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES comes at Portland International Raceway on Sunday, September 12, the first race in a three-race West Coast swing to settle the championship.
Quote: “It was an awesome day for us and the DEX Imaging Chevrolet. I think we had a pretty decent car. I would say initially on the restarts, I just didn’t pick the right hole and was playing it safe in some ways. At about the 10th restart or so, I really got into it and got comfortable and got ourselves into a good position there at the end. We tested here some time ago, and I’m happy that my feedback has actually translated into some performance gains. It shows I’m learning the car and starting to trust myself – that’s the biggest part of my journey right now. Eventually, when I get more laps under my belt, we will get more results like this every week.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!