The IndyCar rookie of the 12 months agreed to return to the race this 12 months as a part of he and Crew Penske’s divorce with Dick Johnson Racing in late 2020.
That plan was scuppered shortly afterwards by a change to the IndyCar schedule, earlier than one other scheduling change, this time for Supercars, re-opened the door for a Bathurst berth with DJR.
Nevertheless, McLaughlin shortly flagged that his IndyCar testing schedule should complicate a visit down beneath, which in itself is sophisticated by a two-week stint in lodge quarantine to get by means of Australia’s closed border.
It seems that might be a problem for the US-based Kiwi, who has all however dominated out any hopes of a shot at a second Bathurst crown this 12 months.
“Lots of people need me to return and race Bathurst, however I’m 95 per cent positive I’m not going to be there,” he informed media at Lengthy Seaside late final week.
Scott McLaughlin, DJR Crew Penske Ford
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“It’s right down to the quarantining. I can’t be away from [the US] for a sure period of time, and I don’t need to threat having the ability to come again right here.
“My profession’s right here now. It could be a bonus to have the ability to do Bathurst however sadly, if I can’t do it, I can’t do it, and hopefully I’ll be again a while sooner or later.”
McLaughlin completed 11th on the Lengthy Seaside IndyCar finale, beating Romain Grosjean to rookie of the 12 months honours after the French driver broke his suspension in a brush towards the wall.
Had McLaughlin made the journey to Bathurst, it was anticipated he would companion Anton De Pasquale within the #11, whereas Tony D’Alberto would race alongside Will Davison within the well-known #17.
Nevertheless ought to DJR find yourself signing Alex Davison to switch McLaughlin as anticipated, the 2 Davison brothers will staff up and D’Alberto will transfer over to De Pasquale’s automotive.