IndyCar is one not only one of the fastest forms of motorsport in the world but it is also one of the fastest growing motor racing categories in the world. In 2021, a number of drivers from other racing categories from around the world have joined the series and will participate in the races throughout the season.
Three-time Australian Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin announced last season that he was leaving the sport to pursue a career in the IndyCar Series having signed a contract to race on a full-time basis with leading IndyCar outfit Team Penske.
The New Zealander made his oval racing debut at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend where he scored his first ever IndyCar Series podium on Saturday night, in only his fourth race in IndyCar. McLaughlin ended the race just behind his countryman and fellow New Zealander, Scott Dixon who races for the Chip Ganassi Racing team and is a six-time IndyCar Series champion.
On Sunday May 30, Scott McLaughlin will make his Indianapolis 500 debut. Team Penske is the most successful outfit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with team owner Roger Penske, who also owns the circuit and the IndyCar Series having won the ‘Greatest Spectacle In Racing’ an incredible 18 times.
Former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean who was involved in a big crash toward the end of last season moved to IndyCar for the 2021 season and will compete on road and street course races. The Frenchman had a strong start to his career as he ended the first race of the season at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama in tenth place.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson has also moved to IndyCar for this season having signed a two-year contract to race road and street course events with Chip Ganassi Racing, one of the most successful team’s in sports history.
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