McLaughlin led 186 of the occasion’s 248 laps when he got here up on lapped visitors, with Staff Penske team-mate Josef Newgarden on his tail.
McLaughlin couldn’t clear David Malukas’s 11th-placed automotive coming into Flip three, which allowed Newgarden to get the run on him via the ultimate two corners. Newgarden used that momentum and the outside line to power past McLaughlin by just 0.0669s.
“Second is a good day, sadly we led quite a lot of laps and on the finish of the day we misplaced it,” McLaughlin instructed NBC after the race. “However when you’re going to lose it to anybody, your teammate’s the man you wish to lose it to, so credit score to Josef and the PPG workforce.
“Gutted we couldn’t get it finished for Xpel and Chevy, however on the finish of the day we have been there and I discovered rather a lot on this race. That bodes fairly effectively going to the [Indianapolis Motor] Speedway. I’m gutted, it’ll damage. It’s how it’s. However I’m fairly pleased with how we run.”
Scott McLaughlin, Staff Penske Chevrolet
Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images
Former Supercars star McLaughlin, who received the season opener on the streets of St Petersburg final month, produced one other stellar drive – however felt that his Penske automotive was tightening up within the closing phases on outdated tyres, simply when he wanted extra maneuverability to allow him to lap automobiles forward.
“It was at all times going to play some type of a component, it’s simply oval racing,” he stated of the visitors that price him the win. “My automotive wasn’t most likely pretty much as good in visitors because it had been all race. I knew the automotive was going to push, it was constructing tightness.
“As quickly as [Newgarden] bought his wing alongside on the surface I knew I couldn’t come up and block the road. I thought of going excessive with Malukas getting into there, however I used to be frightened that I’d push up into the gray and into the fence. You’re dammed when you do, dammed when you don’t – I’ll be taught from this and develop from this and simply get on with it. However we placed on a rally good race.”
When requested if he would have blocked Newgarden if he wasn’t his teammate, McLaughlin replied: “I don’t know, for certain subsequent time I’d most likely give it some thought. Issues occur in a break up second, I’m a human and I’ve bought to be taught it. That was the primary alternative for me main on an oval with a man on my bottom, I’m a clear driver, and I simply didn’t do it right this moment. That’s simply how it’s.
“Actually pleased with the blokes within the pits right this moment and I’m excited for what’s subsequent.”