Another series, another racing championship for Roger Penske.
The series wraps up on Sunday (Saturday, U.S. time), and McLaughlin can wrap up a series championship by finishing 11th or better. McLaughlin could finish even lower and still bring home the title if top challenger Jamie Whincup fails to win. Whincup entered the weekend seeking his seventh consecutive drivers‘ title, but he crashed out in the first lap in Saturday’s race en route to losing the points lead.
Penske, 80, and Team Penske president Tim Cindric are in Australia this weekend for that series‘ championship weekend.
“We came into today thinking about what was at stake Saturday and Sunday, knowing that we had to really execute with both cars,” Penske told Supercars.com. „The good news is we’ve got one thing behind us and now Scotty will have to finish 11th or better tomorrow for the drivers’ and that’s the focus.
“We’ve come a long way since we showed up here three years ago, and I think it’s a credit to all the people and the sponsors that have supported the team.“