Scott McLaughlin is set to be confirmed as part of the DJR Team Penske outfit’s 2017 Australian Supercars driving line-up on Tuesday, according to reports in the Australian media.
The New Zealander’s future has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, which has escalated in the wake of Volvo’s confirmation that it will end its manufacturer involvement in the Australian touring car scene at the end of the year.
McLaughlin made his V8 Supercars Championship debut in late 2013 with Garry Rogers Motorsport and remained with the squad when it onboarded Volvo as an exclusive manufacturer partner the following year. To-date, all eight of his career victories have come off the back of the Volvo-GRM partnership, and he currently lies third overall in the 2016 Drivers’ Championship standings with two race wins at Phillip Island to his credit.
It is understood that McLaughlin has signed a multi-million-dollar long-term contract to join DJR Team Penske as teammate to Fabian Coulthard, who joined the series’ oldest continually running team at the start of the season.
The news marks an uncertain future for Coulthard’s teammate Scott Pye, with the outfit confirming that it will not expand beyond the two Ford Falcon FG X cars it currently fields.
Neither DJR Team Penske, GRM nor Scott McLaughlin has as yet offered any official comment ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.
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