Pennzoil is proud to be powering a new driver for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR season! Getting behind the wheel for Team Penske is rookie driver Scott McLaughlin. McLaughlin is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Australian Supercars and he’s looking to carry over his success into the competitive INDYCAR series. McLaughlin was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and he has 56 career race wins, 106 podium finishes and 76 poles.

We asked McLaughlin some questions to learn more about the 27-year-old racing phenom:

Question: Why did you ultimately decide to get into racing?

Scott McLaughlin: I got into racing by chance when I saw a go-kart. After seeing it, I had the desire to test it out on a local go-kart track; I tried it out and the rest was history! Turns out, even before I was born, my Mom and Dad were into go-karting. They both raced, but as a kid they never pushed me into it, it just happened by chance that I had the same passion as them.

Question: Can you describe your goals for the 2021 INDYCAR season?

McLaughlin: Being so fresh to Team Penske and INDYCAR, it’s challenging to outline goals just yet. It may sound simple, but I want to take each race one lap at a time, so I can just learn. I’m sure once I have a few races under my belt I’ll reevaluate and optimize with the team.

Question: Are there any veteran drivers who you follow closely? If so, what have you learned from them?

McLaughlin: I’ve got three great teammates on Team Penske with Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. They all have extremely impressive careers, so I’ve really leaned on them for all things both on and off the track. I’m also secretly a Scott Dixon fan from way back in the day in New Zealand! I’ve followed him closely throughout his whole career and was impressed with his 2020 championship victory.

Question: Which track/race are you most looking forward to experiencing during the 2021 season?

McLaughlin: This is probably an obvious one, but the Indianapolis 500! It’s an iconic race known across the world and arguably is the most famous in all of motorsports. To top that off, I get to pilot the No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet better known as the Yellow Submarine. I’ll be trying to carry on the traditions and put some success to the Yellow Submarine again. If I had to pick any other track, at any other time, it would probably be Long Beach. I think Long Beach is going to be an exciting race, in an incredible location!

Question: What is your dream car and why?

McLaughlin: I’m also secretly a Porsche fan, so I’d say a Porsche 911. I think that would be something special I might buy myself if I get the chance to win the Indy 500.

Question: If you had one day off to do anything in the world, what would you do?

McLaughlin: Play a round of golf at Augusta National Golf Club and maybe have my new friend Roger Penske there as a partner.

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. 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. 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.