Team Penske’s rookie driver Scott McLaughlin has had quite the year. After moving from New Zealand to the United States, McLaughlin went straight to work in the NTT INDYCAR Series for the 2021 season. Quickly acclimating to American racetracks, he’s already earned a top five and three top ten finishes this season. Off the track, he has learned just as much about his new home, thanks in part to a new digital video series with Pennzoil.

After moving to America, McLaughlin made a request across social media for his followers to share helpful suggestions for cities, restaurants and stores to visit. Thus, the social media hashtag #ScottLearnsAmerica was born, inspiring the start of the digital content series. Scott Learns America helped the driver of the #3 Pennzoil Chevrolet learn about new American cities wherever the NTT INDYCAR Series took Team Penske. With the help of friends, fans, fellow motorsports drivers and local legends, McLaughlin is getting the full experience of living in the United States!

“When visiting somewhere new, I like to ask the locals to provide me with the best places to visit, most interesting foods to taste and experiences to try. But when moving to a new place, I knew I needed to expand by crowdsourcing the recommendations from all my fans on social media,” McLaughlin said. “There were so many great suggestions that Pennzoil and Team Penske brought to life for me with the ‘Scott Learns America’ which really helped me feel acclimated to my new home in America.” 

Being the official motor oil and lubricant partner of INDYCAR is just one example of how Pennzoil is able to innovate and support winning teams and drivers like Scott McLaughlin and Team Penske. Pennzoil has been used inside Chevrolet engines in INDYCAR since 2012, powering more wins than any other motor oil and engine combination in that time. Pennzoil engineers continuously work on the motor oil that goes into the race cars on the track. The on track performance and data serve as a laboratory for the motor oil Pennzoil introduces for passenger cars, helping make sure that drivers get the most out of their vehicle. Don’t forget to check your local listings to watch INDYCAR races and root for Team Penske all season long.

Scott McLaughlin Learns America

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[Title] Scott Learns America Episode I - Texas

 

Description: Scott McLaughlin experiences Texas at the world’s largest honky tonk in Episode I of Scott Learns America.

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevrolet logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

 

Scott: Welcome to Scott Learns America, presented by Shell/Pennzoil and Chevrolet.

 

[Super]

 

Scott McLaughlin

 

[In vision]

 

Scott stands at a Shell gas station in front of a gas pump and a Chevrolet truck.

 

Scott: Since you guys love my hashtag Scott Learns America tweets, we’re turning them into a virtual road trip, visiting cool and unique locations where we race.

 

[In vision]

 

Screenshots of tweets from Scott McLaughlin fill the screen. The images fade. Scott is pumping gasoline at Shell and puts gasoline into his Chevrolet.

 

Scott: I always start my road trips off at Shell with a quick pit stop, putting Shell premium gasoline in my Chevy. Now that I’m filled up, make sure you follow me as I learn America.

 

[Super]

 

Fort Worth, TX

 

[In vision]

 

Scott drives a silver Chevrolet truck through opening gates and pulls in front of “Billy Bob’s Texas.”

 

[Background music plays] Instrumental electric guitar.

 

Scott: Good day guys. It’s the first leg of the Scott Learns America road trip and we’re here at Billy Bob’s Texas. I’m told it’s the world’s largest honky tonk. So why don’t we go check it out?

 

[In vision]

 

Scott gets out of car and walks into “Billy Bob’s Texas.” Pictures, memorabilia and large signs are all over the walls. Scott meets Marty and shakes hand.

 

Marty: Scott, Marty Travis.

 

Scott: Hey buddy.

 

Marty: Welcome to the world’s largest honky tonk.

 

Scott: Appreciate you taking me through, I’d love to have a check out and it’s massive. I’m sure there’s a lot behind the scenes as well.

 

[In vision]

 

As Marty talks, the scene shows a close-up image of liquor bottles and fades into a bartender serving customers at a bar.

 

Marty: Yeah. It’s 127,000 square feet. We hold 6,000 people. So anyway, come on. I’ve got a bunch of cool stuff to show you.

 

Scott: Let’s go.

 

[In vision]

 

Marty and Scott walk away. The scene flashes to a woman playing pool. Marty and Scott walk through the honky tonk. Marty points at pictures and signs on the walls and talks to Scott.

 

Marty: Now, the real cherry of Billy Bob’s is on Friday and Saturday nights, we do live bull riding in the building.

 

Scott: Yeah, wow. Love that.

 

[In vision]

 

As they talk, there is footage of the bull riding arena where they stand.

 

Marty: I’ve seen thousands and thousands of bull rides here, and I still get excited like a child every time I go because you never know what’s going to happen. You never know if someone’s going to get bucked off or get hurt or whatever it may be.

 

Scott: Yeah. Yeah.

 

[In vision]

 

Footage plays of Scott and Marty standing in the bull riding arena, walking through the honky tonk and passing lines of pool tables. The footage cuts to Scott putting on a cowboy hat and getting on a mechanical bull to pose for a photograph.

 

Scott: Not bad, I feel pretty good up here.

 

[In vision]

 

Marty leads Scott into a room with white walls covered in names and signatures.

 

Marty: This is backstage at Billy Bob’s. Now, eat with your eyes for a minute and I’ll tell you some stories.

 

[In vision]

 

The camera shows close ups of the different names signed on the walls. Marty points to one signature.

 

Marty: Here’s the night we had Garth Brooks in here and he jumped on a chair and wrote “Thank you all, God Bless. Garth Brooks.” Then he jumped on a chair and wrote “The King” and pointed up to George Strait.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott signs his name with a black marker on the wall. The video switches to Marty and Scott standing near tables.

 

Marty: Well, Scott, I’ve showed you all our beer and whiskey and all the great accoutrements of Billy Bob’s we’ve collected over 40 years. And we went backstage and shared all kinds of great stories back there. And now this is where it happens.

 

[In vision]

 

Footage from outside the honky tonk shows the sign “Billy Bob’s Texas OPEN” with three Texas flags above flapping in the wind.

 

Scott: Marty, I appreciate it. To see a different perspective and now to be on the wall, part of the 41-year-old history, is very special. I’m definitely going to be back for sure.

 

[In vision]

 

From behind, Scott walks forward toward the exit.

 

[Background music plays] Instrumental guitar cuts to the program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevrolet logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

Scott McLaughlin Learns America 2

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[Title] Scott Learns America Episode 2: Indianapolis

 

Description: Scott McLaughlin experiences Indianapolis and meets Rick Mears.

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevrolet logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

 

[Super]

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 

Speedway, IN

 

Scott McLaughlin

 

[Background music plays] Instrumental electric guitar and drums

 

[In vision]

 

Scott stands outside in front of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

 

Scott: Hey guys, welcome back to Scott Learns America. We’re obviously here at the brickyard for the month of May and we’re outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to check out a few of the old scenes and the old cars. But I need a friend to take me around, so I’ve got four-time winner Rick Mears. How are you, Rick?

 

[In vision]

 

Footage of an image of Rick holding a trophy and holding up the number four. The scene cuts to outside. Rick walks over, shakes Scott’s hand and stands next to him.

 

[Super]

 

Rick Mears

 

Rick: Good, Scott.

 

Scott: He’s going to show me around and we’re going to see a few exhibits.

 

[In vision]

 

Rick and Scott are inside the museum, walking through a door with the sign “Rocket Rick Mears.” Scott and Rick stand inside the exhibit.

 

Scott: So obviously when you’re a four-time champion of the Indy 500, you get your own exhibit. This is amazing.

 

[In vision]

 

An overview of the exhibit, including pictures of Rick and old IndyCars. The footage cuts to a close-up of an IndyCar labeled “The Gould Charge 1.” The scene cuts back to Rick speaking.

 

Rick: I’ll tell you, they’ve done an incredible job in here with everything they’ve laid out and the way they’ve done it. The museum is just- they’ve done a fantastic job. There’s a lot of history, a lot of miles and memories in here.

 

[In vision]

 

As Rick speaks, there is another display of an IndyCar labeled “Penske 9, “The Gould Charge,” and “Good Year.” The scene shows Rick and Scott speaking again inside the exhibit.

 

Rick: My second year to run, I qualified on a front row, first year outside. And this was my first pole ever. On any of the tracks, the first pole I ever had was that year with this car.

 

Scott: You got to, uh, you got to show me your favorite yellow sub here.

 

[In vision]

 

A close-up of a yellow IndyCar labeled “Pennzoil 2.” From behind, Scott and Rick walk toward the IndyCars and then stand in front of the yellow Pennzoil IndyCar.

 

Rick: All three of them-

 

Scott: You love them all?

 

Rick: -are my favorite [laughs].

 

Scott: Really?

 

Rick: Well now it really, you know, at the time, as you’re going through them, to me my favorite was always the last one I won in.

 

Scott: So, you won two in the yellow sub.

 

Rick: Yes. ‘84 and ‘88.

 

[In vision]

 

Close-up images of the yellow Pennzoil IndyCar that Scott is referring to.

 

Scott: I still can’t believe how you, how you saw out of the mirrors here. I think if I sat in this car, I couldn’t see anything out of it.

 

[In vision]

 

Rick and Scott talking in front of the car.

 

Rick: It’s just, it’s like anything else. You get used to it and you know, you just learn to use what you’ve got.

 

[In vision]

 

Footage of other IndyCars in the museum. The scene cuts back to Scott and Rick talking.

 

Scott: Rick, it’s been awesome getting to know your past. I am hungry. So, are you hungry? Let’s go, let’s go.

 

Rick: Yeah, yeah.

 

[In vision]

 

With an inside view of the dashboard, Scott sits in the driver’s seat of a Chevrolet with black interior and Rick sits in the passenger seat.

 

Scott: Alright, so we’re in a brand new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe. It’s beautiful.

 

Rick: It is.

 

Scott: New LCD screen. A lot more room in here with the new button selection for the gears. But we’ve also got so much easier with the Apple car play. We can choose, if you want, the music. I like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

Rick: That’ll work.

 

Scott: I’m a big Red Hot Chili Peppers guy. We might as well make our way to Charlie Brown’s.

 

[In vision]

 

Sped-up clips of Scott and Rick driving on the road and pulling into the parking lot. A close-up of the restaurant displays a large sign for “Charlie Brown’s Pancake & Steak House.” The scene cuts to Scott and Rick walking through the restaurant.

 

Scott: Alright so I have been told this is an institution to come, you have to come here when you’re in Speedway. So, this is Charlie Brown’s, you’ve been here a few times.

 

Rick: Yes. Yeah, I’ve been here quite a few times. This used to be my mom and dad’s hangout.

 

Scott: Okay, okay.

 

Rick: They spent a lot of time here.

 

Scott: A lot of good food?

 

Rick: Yes.

 

Scott: So were going to go see Rob- we’re going to see Robin Miller and catch up with a few of his buddies.

 

Rick: Oh, that’d be great

 

Scott: Oh, there you are. I didn’t even see you. Hey, good to see you.

 

Robin: Who’s the old guy?

 

Scott: The main guy.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Rick walk over to a table and shake Robin’s hand. The scene cuts to footage of the restaurant and a waitress pouring coffee. Rick and Scott sit at a long table with other men. The group talks to each other and laughs. Robin passes photographs to the others. Scott looks through the photographs.

 

Robin: This is Rick Mears in another life.

 

Scott: Wow. I like the ‘mo. Look at that. Oh yeah, there he is. [Scott takes a photograph from someone at the table] Oh, Scotty Dixon. That’s in New Zealand too, right Robin?

 

[In vision]

 

Scott holds up another photograph that is black and white. He points to it.

 

Scott: It’s RP. Roger, back in the day.

 

[In vision]

 

A waitress brings over a plate of food.

 

Waitress: Start your engine. Wheat toast.

 

Scott: Yes. Thank you. Thank you.

 

[In vision]

 

The scene cuts to an outside view of “Charlie Brown’s Pancake & Steak House.” Scott stands in front of the restaurant.

 

Scott: Hey guys, so I hope you enjoyed that. I did. I learned a little bit more about my mentor, Rick Mears especially. But I hope I get a little bit of that four-time winning Indy 500 magic on me for May 30th. Make sure you tune in on NBC, it’s going to be a fun one.

 

[Background music plays] Instrumental guitar cuts to the program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevrolet logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

Scott McLaughlin Learns America 3

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[Title] Scott Learns America Episode 3: Detroit

 

Description: Scott McLaughlin experiences a day at the Henry Ford Museum in Episode 3 of Scott Learns America.

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevrolet logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

 

Scott: Welcome to Scott Learns America, presented by Shell Pennzoil and Chevrolet.

 

[Super]

 

Scott McLaughlin

 

[In vision]

 

Scott stands in front the exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.

 

Scott: We are here in Detroit, Michigan at the Henry Ford Museum. So the whole point of starting Scott Learns American was to learn about America, so here we are at an amazing place and I’m here with Cynthia, my tour guide.

 

[In vision]

 

The camera turns and Cynthia comes into frame and Scott Shakes her hand.

 

Cynthia: How are you?

 

Scott: Thank you very much.

 

[Background music plays] Drums/Guitar

 

[In vision]

 

Cynthia and Scott walking in the museum and Cynthia using hand gestures to point things out and show and old train.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Cynthia talking in front of Thomas Edison’s signature.

 

Cynthia: So, you noticed Thomas Edison’s Signature right away, so that is his actual signature written in the concrete for the founding of this museum in 1929.

 

[In vision]

 

Camera Turns to the signature and then a video of Thomas Edison signing is played.

 

Scott: Wow, so this the actual.

 

[In vision]

 

The actual chair that Abraham Lincoln was in at Ford’s Theater when he was assassinated.

 

Cynthia: This is the actual chair that President Abraham Lincoln was in at Ford’s Theater when he was assassinated in this chair.

 

[In vision]

 

Camera captures Scott’s reaction.

 

Scott: Wow, oh my god wow.

 

[In vision]

 

A large coin with the descriptions of the Wright brothers first flight.

 

Cynthia: We are going to walk the distance that the Wright flyer made its initial flight on, like how far it was.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Cynthia walking through the hallways to the airplane and showing the airplane.

 

[In vision]

 

They continue to walk through the halls.

 

Cynthia: This is the actual bus that Rosa Parks was sitting on the day that she refused to give up her seat.

 

Scott: Wow this is the actual one?

 

Cynthia: This is the actual bus.

 

Scott: Wow, that is incredible.

 

[In vision]

 

The Camera gives a shot of both sides and the interior of the bus.

 

[In vision]

 

The camera next turns to oldest presidential vehicle and Scott looking at it.

 

Cynthia: So, this is the oldest presidential vehicle.

 

[In vision]

 

Teddy Roosevelts car.

 

Cynthia: So, this is Teddy Roosevelt.

 

[In vision]

 

Eisenhower’s car and Scott looking at it.

 

Cynthia: This is Eisenhower’s vehicle.

 

[In vision]

 

John F. Kennedys car and Scott looking at it.

 

Cynthia: This is the one that John F. Kennedy was in the day in Dallas that he was assassinated, what’s amazing is that it was kept in service after that day.

 

Scott: Really? So, after he passed it was used again?

 

[In vision]

 

Camera turns to Cynthia and Scott talking.

 

Cynthia: Yes, it was used for two more Presidents.

 

Scott: Wow.

 

[In vision]

 

Shows Scott looking at the Cookie Monster in the museum and some more planes and next to a race car.

 

Scott: Oh, wow Simon’s car is there. My teammate’s, Pagenoud, Indycar. That’s cool.

 

Cynthia: Yes.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott in the museum talking about another part of the museum and shaking his tour guide’s hand

 

Scott: Another part of the Henry Ford museum is the Driven to Win Racing Exhibit, supported by GM and I have got Matt, my tour guide today and he is going to take me through this part of the museum, which I’m really excited for.

 

[In vision]

 

Show video of multiple different cars and end with an old-fashioned car.

 

Matt: That car there won the Vanderbilt Cup which is the first major American race in 1908. The first American built car to win it.

 

[In vision]

 

The Goldenrod.

 

Matt: The Goldenrod set the speed record for a wheel driven car, 409.277 MPH in 1965.

 

Scott: Oh my god.

 

[In vision]

 

Matt and Scott walking and talking and see Jimmy Clark’s car.

 

Matt: Jimmy Clark’s car from the ‘65 500, first rear engine winner.

 

Scott: Is it really? Wow.

 

[In vision]

 

GM first self-driving test vehicle.

 

Matt: 2016 General Motors’ first generation self-driving test vehicle.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott plays a game on a tv screen.

 

Scott: Terrible, oh my God, 64% lower than a professional driver’s average score.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Matt walking through the museum.

 

Matt: We had a great time putting this exhibit together and it really talks about what American racing unique in terms of the forms of racing and then landscapes as well, the tracks, the venues, so.

 

Scott: I think what’s cool when you see in the history, and any different point they did so many disciplines across the time.

 

Matt: Yeah.

 

[Background music plays]

 

[In vision]

 

Scott standing outside in front of his truck.

 

Scott: What a way to start a massive weekend for all of us at Team Penske and Chevy this weekend. An awesome place at the Henry Ford Museum and I hope you guys learned as much as I did! I’m going to jump in my Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the new performance exhaust and intake and head to the track, see you guys soon.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott driving in his truck.

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevy logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

Scott McLaughlin Learns America 4

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[Title] Scott Learns America: Road America Episode 4

 

Description: Scott McLaughlin experiences Wisconsin and Henning’s Cheese.

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevy logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

 

[Super]

 

Kiel, WI

 

[In vision]

 

Camera showing cows and grassland prior to showing Scott.

 

[Super]

 

Scott McLaughlin

 

Scott: Hey guys and welcome to episode four of Scott Learns America. I am here in Wisconsin, and I have been told cheese is awesome around here. So we’re here at a cheese factory called Henning’s Cheese, were going to try it all out, I might not have too much because I may struggle to fit in my race car this weekend at Road America but well see if we can have some fun along the way.

 

[In vision]

 

Panning of the Henning’s Cheese factory and storage room. Scott walking down the aisle at Henning’s cheese.

 

Scott: So here I am at Henning’s cheese, it is one of the smallest cheese companies in Wisconsin but has an awesome family feel and I have got Kerry here the 3rd generation of the Henning’s family, ready to take me through and show me what its all about. I have got a big resonation with the dairy industry; my mom grew up on a dairy farm so I’m excited to learn a bit more about it.

 

Kerry: Well, let’s go do it!

 

[In vision]

 

Kerry and Scott walk into the back of the factory.

 

Kerry: I’m sure coming from New Zealand you have never heard of a pepper called hatch pepper, it’s a region from Hatch, New Mexico, and it’s a mild pepper that’s roasted.

 

Scott: Yeah, you can smell it.

 

Kerry: Yeah, that is what you’re smelling right now.

 

[In vision]

 

Showing a batch of the hatch cheese.

 

Kerry: This is a batch of this hatch cheese here; it is a little bit salty yet but.

 

Scott: Try it?

 

Kerry: Try it! But kind of get the taste of the Hatch Pepper that is on it.

 

Scott: That’s good.

 

Kerry: Yes, it’s a nice mild pepper.

 

Scott: I love cheese I could sit here and eat cheese all day.

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums.

 

[In vision]

 

Clips of Scott eating multiple types of cheese.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott is in storage facility of the factory.

 

Scott: It’s chilly in here.

 

Kerry: So, Are you on the metric system and Celsius over there?

 

Scott: Yeah, I’m a big metric guy. I’m learning Imperial, but Metric’s the way.

 

Kerry: Alright Were at about 5 “c” in this room here, but for us Americans that is about 40 degrees.

 

Scott: I was going to say, that’s not too far off I know what it is.

 

Kerry: We find that to be a real good temperature for aging cheese at. We have a lot of cheese in this room that has been aging several years, I think our oldest cheese we have somewhere up in the rack over here, its like 12, 13, 14 years old.

 

Scott: It’s just been sitting there?

 

Kerry: Been sitting there.

 

[In vision]

 

Showing the storage racks.

 

Scott: Are you cold?

 

Kerry: No not all. Are you cold?

 

Scott: I am freezing.

 

Kerry: “laughs”

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott picking up cheese wheels to inspect them.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Kerry talking in another room.

 

Scott: I like your accent, I noticed that the Wisconsin accent is very different from a lot of other, I don’t know, states. It is like a southern accent is completely different.

 

Kerry: Right, Right when I travel around the country everybody comments that. Oh I love your Wisconsin accent!

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Kerry are in the waxing room.

 

Kerry: So, this wax right now is around 260 degrees Fahrenheit, so, a hundred, I don’t know a hundred and something Celsius.

 

Scott: Yeah, we get it.

 

Kerry: Yeah, yeah. So we just put it down in the wax and were going to let it sit for a bit so that wax gets into all the pores of that cheese cloth.

 

[In vision]

 

Walk over to a cheese wheel that is about a 1,000 pounds.

 

Scott: Oh, look at this bad boy.

 

Kerry: So, this is about 1,000 pounds right here.

 

[In vision]

 

They both stand next to it.

 

Scott: It’s almost as big as me!

 

Scott: New cheese, new cheese. My wife would buy that, she loves truffle. Scott Learns America 101.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott puts a cheese head on.

 

Scott: I’m not a Packers fan but I am a cheese head now.

 

Kerry: You’re a cheese head, there you go.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott poses for a picture in the cheese head hat.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott standing in the store.

 

Scott: What goes good with a good cheese curd is a good sausage. So were going to head to Johnsonville and check them out in the next episode, cheers!

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevy logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

Scott McLaughlin Learns America - Nashville

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[Title] Scott Learns America - Nashville

 

Description: Scott McLaughlin tours Nashville in Episode 5 of Scott Learns America.

 

[Background music plays] Program theme, quick guitar riff with drums and airplane sounds

 

[Title card/Rotating globe with “McLaughlin” labeled airplane]

 

[Pennzoil and Chevrolet logo]

 

[Pennzoil] Scott Learns America

 

[Background music plays] Light piano.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott stands next to a white Chevrolet Tahoe at a Shell gas station. Scott fills the car with gas. The scene cuts to Scott sitting in the driver’s seat.

 

Scott: No road trip would be complete without filling up with Shell premium gasoline. Make the most of your stop at Shell, sign up for Fuel Rewards today and instantly start saving at the pump.

 

[Background music plays] Instrumental guitar.

 

[In vision]

 

The scene cuts to images of a statue outside of Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. There is a close-up image of a plaque labeled “Little Jimmy Dickens.” Scott is standing outside the building.

 

[Super]

 

Ryman Auditorium

 

Nashville, TN

 

Scott McLaughlin

 

Scott: Welcome back to Scott Learns America, we’re here in Nashville, Tennessee for the first Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. I’ve never been to Nashville, but I know a bloke that has, Josef Newgarden.

 

[In vision]

 

Josef walks into the scene and shakes Scott’s hand.

 

[Super]

 

Josef Newgarden

 

Scott: He’s actually the mayor of Nashville, I hear. But we’re outside the Ryman Auditorium.

 

Josef: This is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. So it’s a radio show, old radio show here in town. Very famous, very famous. But we’re going to be learning about Nashville today.

 

Scott: Yep. I love it.

 

Josef: We’ve got limited time.

 

Scott: Yes, we do.

 

Josef: So, we have to start right now.

 

Scott: We have [looks at watch] forty-five minutes.

 

Josef: Alright, lets go.

 

[Background music plays] Electric guitar.

 

[In vision]

 

Clips of people walking on the streets cut to close-up images of shops and street signs. Scott and Josef are walking on the streets and talking.

 

Josef: A lot of people think Nashville is just country music, it’s not.

 

Scott: Yeah, yeah. It’s not, right?

 

Josef: No. You can get rock; you can get all sorts of good stuff here.

 

[In vision]

 

A band plays inside a venue. The guitar player stands on a windowsill and plays to the street. Josef and Scott dance outside the window.

 

Josef: If you’re a singer-songwriter, um, super talented, Nashville is the spot where you can play on the live stage and show people what you’ve got.

 

Scott: You know one thing I’ve liked, the bars, the bar doors are open. You can hear every live music there is.

 

Josef: [Motions to his ears] What are you saying?

 

[In vision]

 

Josef plays the air guitar in front of another open window. Josef high-fives people sitting on the windowsills. Josef and Scott continue walking.

 

Scott: If you were coming here, like, with a bunch of dudes just to have a good time, whatever, where are we going? Where’s your first stop on Broadway that you’ve heard about?

 

Josef: Um, I mean a lot of people like FGL House. You know, the new school stuff people are going to.

 

Scott: What about Kid Rock?

 

Josef: Kid Rock’s, yeah that’s new as well. You can get some Jack’s Bar-b-que [Josef motions toward the restaurant sign]. This is a good spot. But no one’s having a bad time here. Like, literally no one’s having a bad time.

 

[In vision]

 

Close up images of restaurant and bar signs. Scott and Josef continuing walking.

 

Josef: Alright, Scott. So, Tootsie’s [points to sign in front] is the home of Willie Neslon.

 

[In vision]

 

Busy street with various businesses, including a sign labeled “Tootsie’s.” The scene cuts back to Scott and Josef walking.

 

Josef: [Puts his hands on Scott’s shoulders and shouts over the music from a band] Can you hear me, Scott?

 

Scott: No, I can’t hear you. Hang on. So, alright.

 

Josef: Tootsie’s. It’s the home of Willie Nelson.

 

Scott: Yep.

 

Josef: This is what made him. It’s a long- I can’t go into the story, it’s a very long story.

 

Scott: Okay, okay.

 

[In vision]

 

A close-up view of the Tootsie’s sign. Scott and Josef stand and talk in front of the sign.

 

Josef: But he made this- he made his name famous here.

 

Scott: So, did you say Willie Nelson got married here?

 

Josef: No, he got famous [laughs]. He might’ve gotten married here, I have no idea.

 

Scott: [Taps the back of his hand on his palm] He was found here.

 

Josef: Uh- I think, he made his name here. Like, so he performed here. This was where he was discovered.

 

Scott: [Points up to the sign]

 

[In vision]

 

Sped-up clips of people walking on the streets. The scene cuts to an overview of Bridgestone Arena.

 

Scott: Bridgestone Arena. What do we do here?

 

Josef: Scott, this is all about the Predators. Okay?

 

Scott: Who’s the Predators?

 

Josef: Are you a hockey guy?

 

Scott: Yeah, nah [shrugs].

 

Josef: The Nashville Predators are our home team. It’s what we all pull for. I used to go see games here 20 years ago when I was a little kid.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Josef walk on the street in front of a sign that reads “Welcome to Smashville.”

 

Scott: Nothing speaks more class to a city than calling themselves Smashville.

 

Josef: You like that? That’s aggressive.

 

Scott: Is that like a standardized thing that people say? Because I’ve heard a lot of people say it.

 

Josef: Well, so it’s really a play on hockey. You know, you’ve got to smash the puck.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Josef stop on the street in front of a building.

 

Josef: Scott, right behind us is the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

Scott: Yes [claps his hands].

 

Scott: You might not know this either, but Nashville was the first city- I don’t know if this is in the world, but it was definitely in the United States…

 

Scott: Let’s say in the world.

 

Josef: In the world, that had a FM radio station. 1941, what was it? March first? March 1st, 1941.

 

Scott: How did you know that?

 

Josef: You know what, I just, I know these random facts. I can’t elaborate on them, but I know them. But yeah, we had the first FM radio station.

 

Scott: Wow. That’s very impressive. Was it just country or was it all different uh music?

 

Josef: You know, I don’t know.

 

Scott: You should know that [claps his hands and laughs].

 

Josef: I just know the start date [laughs].

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Josef stand in front of a round building with large windows.

 

Josef: Anyone watching this, please tweet Scott. Tell him to move to Nashville. He needs to be here with his wife. They’re going to love it. This is their town.

 

Scott: Like I said, [motions to Josef] the mayor of Nashville everybody.

 

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[Title] Scott Learns America – St. Louis

 

Description: Scott McLaughlin visits the Gateway Arch Nation Park in St. Louis in Episode 6 of Scott Learns America.

 

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[In vision]

 

An overview image of the Gateway Arch. Scott stands in front of the arch.

 

[Super]

 

Gateway Arch National Park

 

St. Louis, MO

 

Scott McLaughlin

 

Scott: Here we are at the Gateway Arch National Park. You guys told me to come check this out. It was on my list and now I’m checking it off. So, I’ve got Erin here, the director of education here at the Gateway Arch National Park. She’s gonna show me through. I’m looking forward to it.

 

[In vision]

 

Erin walks into the scene and shakes Scott’s hand.

 

Erin: Awesome. Me too.

 

[In vision]

 

Footage of the Gateway Arch. The scene cuts back to Scott and Erin talking.

 

Scott: So, you just told me this is the tallest monument in America? That’s huge.

 

Erin: Yeah, it’s the tallest man-made monument in America. It’s 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide.

 

Scott: So, it’s classed as the gateway to the West, you said?

 

Erin: Gateway to the West. So, people came here to stock up and supply before they headed out west.

 

Scott: Wow. So how long’s it been open to the public in terms of like, the lift and everything like that?

 

Erin: We opened the first tram to the top in 1967.

 

Scott: Oh wow. I’m not good with heights but we’ll go check it out.

 

Erin: [Laughs] It’s pretty high.

 

Scott: Let’s go.

 

[In vision]

 

Footage of a map of St. Louis inside the building. Scott and Erin walk inside the building with masks on.

 

Scott: I see how new it is. I didn’t realize it was so big underneath.

 

Erin: But you can’t really tell from the outside.

 

Scott: Nah the outside, I just thought it was the monument, right? So, it’s interesting.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Erin walk through the museum. The scene cuts to footage of exhibits inside, including models of buildings, animals, videos and more.

 

Erin: People do come to go up in the arch, you know, that’s why they’re here. But when they’re here, they also get some cool St. Louis history. So, they started with the founding of St. Louis in 1764, and they went all the way to the construction of the Gateway Arch in 1965. When the people were heading west it wasn’t great for everyone, right? There were people that were already out there and so, how did westward expansion impact the groups that were already out there? We explore those themes in our galleries.

 

[In vision]

 

Erin and Scott sit at a table. A waitress brings over a plate of food.

 

Waitress: Here, Scott. Enjoy some toasted ravioli, okay?

 

Scott: Awesome. Oh my god.

 

Waitress: Welcome to St. Louis.

 

Scott: Thank you very much, appreciate it.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott eats the ravioli. Footage of the ravioli close up.

 

Scott: Oh they’re so good. They are tasty. This is a St. Louis thing, right?

 

Erin: Definitely. We have toasted ravioli, we have gooey butter cake and Imo’s pizza. And pork steaks, that’s very St. Louis as well.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Erin stand in the lobby talking.

 

Scott: Well, let’s go to the top, alright?

 

Erin: Ready?

 

Scott: Yeah, yeah.

 

Erin: Let’s go.

 

[In vision]

 

Erin and Scott walk to a section labeled “To The Top.” They listen to an employee speak. They walk into an elevator with seats.

 

Scott: Alright, it’s like a little, like a space capsule. Oh, it’s like a dizzy type feeling. It’s uh, it’s not good for mine [laughs]. Like I said, I could drive a 240 mile an hour, but like put me in some height, I’m bad. Wow. Oh my god.

 

[In vision]

 

Scott and Erin exit into a floor with windows. Scott looks out a small window. The scene cuts to the view from the top of the monument, overlooking St. Louis.

 

Scott: If it was a windy day and this was moving around, I wouldn’t be happy.

 

Erin: It’s uncomfortable. Like, if you’re up here and it’s swaying like that, it is uncomfortable.

 

Scott: Really. I’m not gonna lie, like I’m nervous up here. [Laughs]

 

Erin: A lot of people get nervous up here.

 

[In vision]

 

An outside view of the monument. Scott stands in front.

 

Scott: I seriously can’t believe they built this place in 1963. What an incredible monument. Thank you to Erin and the team at the Gateway Arch National Park for showing me through. I’m really happy to be on the ground right now because I hate heights, but I’m glad I went to the top. I’ll see you guys next time.

 

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