Solely 4 drivers have gained the Indy 500 on their rookie outing in final 60 years – Graham Hill in 1966, Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000, Helio Castroneves in 2001 and Alexander Rossi in 2016.
However three-time Supercars champion McLaughlin has been robust within the #three Group Penske in his first six races and took second in his first oval race at Texas Motor Speedway initially of this month.
Autosport requested Cindric how he rated McLaughlin’s probabilities of changing into Penske’s second rookie winner after Castroneves, and what experiences the New Zealander hasn’t but encountered that would hold him away from Victory Circle.
“He is clearly a quick learner,” mentioned Cindric.
“Like Will [Power] mentioned, I feel you be taught yearly you are right here, and yearly you are right here you place your self in several circumstances, completely different conditions.
“Simply qualifying for the race goes to be step one of that, the place you begin.
“I feel it is actually arduous to reply that query till you see a rookie of any form undergo the entire qualifying course of, as a result of it is completely different than something they’ve ever executed earlier than, the four-lap common and the circumstances that we’ll have and the falloff that you’ve throughout these runs, relying on how aggressive you’re.
“I suppose the one factor we have actually mentioned to Scott is simply attempt to fear concerning the issues you possibly can management.
“He is a race automotive driver. He is a winner. He is had a style of oval racing at Texas, clearly, and he responded to that fairly nicely.
Scott McLaughlin, Group Penske Chevrolet
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“This place, it is a lengthy race, however but it appears actually quick typically.
“Simon [Pagenaud] was speaking about his [win in 2019] the place in case you’re sitting in my sneakers, you are questioning why he is main so many laps, however he is discovered that there is instances when that is the suitable factor to do, relying on what automotive you’ve.
“He wasn’t going to have sufficient gas to make it occur till there was a warning, and all of it got here on the proper time, and he took benefit of that.
“I feel Scott has pretty much as good an opportunity as any rookie right here has ever had. However… you possibly can’t actually put a price on the expertise round right here. Yeah, he is with our staff for a cause.”
McLaughlin himself mentioned that regardless of his huge expertise in Supercars and collaborating within the Bathurst 1000, “not a kind of issues ready me for [IMS]. It is a distinctive beast.”
Nonetheless, he additionally admitted he is aware of a Penske automotive can take him to Victory Circle.