Kiwi flyer Scott McLaughlin was the guest of an NBA powerhouse with the supercars champion attending a game between Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Centre, California.
The Ford driver has spent a bulk of the new year stateside with his fiancé Karly, a New York native, which has included filming a promotional video with a selection of Team Penske drivers from around the globe including countryman Fabian Coulthard.
He spent time filming a promotional video with a selection of Team Penske drivers from around the globe including countryman Fabian Coulthard.
McLaughlin got the invite to the NBA blockbuster through shared commercial partners of Team Penske and the Lakers. The 25-year-old filled the gameday role as 'Honorary Team Captain' for the home side.
McLaughlin has a busy few weeks ahead with the start of his championship defence commencing in Adelaide next month.
Ford Australia will launch the new Mustang next week, which will be followed by the reveal of the Shell V-Power Racing livery on February 11.
The LeBron James-less Lakers lost to the high powered 76ers 121-105.