Motorsport: Scott McLaughlin claims another podium in latest 'virtual' IndyCar race

Scott McLaughlin's virtual IndyCar.
Scott McLaughlin's virtual IndyCar. Photo credit: Getty

Kiwi driver Scott McLaughlin has produced another podium finish in the latest virtual IndyCar Eseries event at the Michigan International Speedway.

Driving in the middle of the night from his virtual set-up in Brisbane, McLaughlin was able to recover from a big crash at the start to finish in second place.

McLaughlin finished behind Simon Pagenaut, while former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr was third. 

"I passed Dale Junior with three laps to go, I never thought I'd ever say that," said McLaughlin. "But it was enjoyable for my first oval race."

Pagenaut, the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner, took the lead with four laps remaining when race-leader Zach Veach ran out of fuel.

McLaughlin leads the overall series with first and fourth place finishes in the previous two races.

Next week's race will be at a random-draw track, before heading to Circuit of the Americas and then finishing on May 2 at a non-IndyCar dream track.

The 26-year-old is proving to be quite hady at virtual racing, having won two of the three races in the opening round of the Supercars Eseries on Wednesday.