Supercars: Kiwi Scott McLaughlin determined to win Bathurst before making NASCAR move

Kiwi Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin has hinted at a potential move to the United States to compete in NASCAR with Team Penske in the near future.

The 26-year-old as long dreamed of driving overseas, but admits the move won't happen until he has finished what he wants to do in Supercars.

He ticked the first of those boxes in 2018 by winnings the Supercars championship, but he is still chasing a much-coveted maiden Bathurst victory for himself and Penske.

"If I've done my goals here and ticked them off, then the next challenge is trying to face and earn a living in the US - I would love to try and do that," he said.

"Bathurst is the last one on the checklist for me. That race is seriously everything to me, and I'd love to win it."

A move to NASCAR is made easier as Team Penske have three cars which race in the American series.

McLaughlin also has close ties to the United States - his fiancée is from there, and the chance to race in front of his future in-laws is appealing.

He sees a race like NASCAR as a natural next step in his career.

McLaughlin is expected to stay in Supercars for at least another year, with the team set to formally confirm its 2020 plans within weeks.

But should he win Bathurst in 2019 or 2020, it seems a tilt at NASCAR will not be far away.


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