Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin tells Paddock Eye that he is excited to be starting the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding from pole having taken his first NTT P1 Award.
The New Zealander told Paddock Eye that he did a lot of work over the off-season in terms of working on the Chevrolet simulator to get the most out of the car and that has translated to on-track performances which resulted in him taking his P1 Award.
McLaughlin said he is more familiar with the car now than he was this time last season and he is looking forward to seeing what the team can do in the race on Sunday.
McLaughlin set a time of 59.4821s and he feels that Chevy has made a great step forward in terms of the development and drivability of the engine.
The driver of the No.3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet is working with a new engineer with Ben Bretman taking over as his race engineer and they knuckled down to get a great pace line set-up for the car.
The pole position is Team Penske’s 285th NTT IndyCar Series NTT P1 Award.