While his real-world debut may be on hold, Scott McLaughlin will get his first taste of NTT IndyCar Series action this weekend in the virtual world.
The two-time Virgin Australia Supercars Championship title winner will be part of a star-studded field of 26 drivers set to contest the inaugural IndyCar iRacing Challenge.
The opening event will see current IndyCar Series drivers and a few wild card entries race on a virtual Watkins Glen International.
McLaughlin will join team-mates Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud in a four-car effort by Team Penske.
The Kiwi will carry an adapted Shell V-Power Racing Team colour scheme on his Dallara IR-18, which has recently been updated to feature the new Aeroscreen.
Other high-profile entries include ex-Formula 1 drivers Sebastien Bourdais, Marcus Ericsson, Alexander Rossi and Scott Speed. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will also race.
The online event will run for approximately 90 minutes and will take place at 06:00 AEDT on Sunday.
This weekend’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge is the first of six events to run through to May 2.
The race will be live-streamed for free via YouTube. McLaughlin will also stream the race via his Twitch channel.
Let’s goooo https://t.co/LfJlIzJICU
— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin93) March 27, 2020