McLaughlin to join Penske in 2017

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McLaughlin to join Penske in 2017
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Jun 28, 2016, 12:34 AM

DJR Team Penske has confirmed its signing of Virgin Australia Supercars frontrunner Scott McLaughlin from 2017 onwards.

Scott McLaughlin, Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo
Scott McLaughlin, Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo
Scott McLaughlin, Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford

McLaughlin, who has eight wins to his name, will leave the Garry Rogers Motorsport team he has raced for full-time since 2013.

The highly-rated 23-year-old Kiwi's future was a subject of much speculation after Volvo, which partners GRM in Supercars, announced it would be ending its factory programme in the series.

McLaughlin said then that he was "shocked" by the Swedish factory decision, and, despite GRM remaining in the championship, he has decided to switch to Penske instead.

“This is a great opportunity for me to join one of the most accomplished Supercars teams in history and, hopefully, we can continue to grow together,” said McLaughlin.

“I want to thank two absolute motorsport legends in Dick Johnson and Roger Penske for believing in me.  I’m really excited about the future with the organisation.”

Fabian Coulthard will be the 2017 teammate for McLaughlin, who currently sits third in the standings, 45 points off leader Jamie Whincup.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Scott McLaughlin
Teams Team Penske , Garry Rogers Motorsport
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
Article type Breaking news