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McLaughlin wins IndyCar victory in Mid-Ohio in front of his visiting parents

Ohio Lexington (AP) — Scott McLaughlin won his second IndyCar victory on Sunday. This could be one of the most special victories in his career.

The New Zealanders won the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course while their nervous parents watched from the pit lane. McLaughlin hadn’t seen his family for 31 months due to a pandemic, but his parents were finally able to leave New Zealand to join the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Wayne and Diane McLaughlin booked a trip to maximize their visas and planned nine IndyCar races on their US tour. It took four hours to see their only son drive Team Penske’s entry into the winning lane.

When he won his first race on the street course in St. Petersburg, Florida in February, he had to celebrate with his parents via FaceTime.

“I wanted to win here with my mom and dad,” said McLaughlin, who won the V8 Supercars Championship three times in a row in Australia.

The race changed order when five different Chevrolet drivers were knocked out on various issues, and Andretti Autosport began fighting internally.

Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean continued to hit each other wheel-to-wheel, and at the last contact the steering wheel came off Rossi’s hand and both cars went off course, making him unable to turn.

“What’s wrong with him?” Grosjean exclaimed.

So he wasn’t happy to receive a team order later to help Rossi finish.

“What do you want me to do? Just block everyone behind you and don’t move on?” Grosjean asked.

Andretti Autosport said Grosjean was hoping to stagnate traffic to help his teammates. The French refused.

“I’m not going to protect him because Rossi put me on the wall,” Grosjean replied.

Grosjean was then informed about the stakes through Team Radio: “Rossi is not a lapdown, you are.”

Rossi was 19th, Grosjean was 21st, Colton Herta spun in the middle of the race and finished in 15th place, the best of the four Andretti fleets.

IndyCar Champion Alex Palou finished second in Chip Ganassi Racing and Honda, and Willpower made a great run to get his second Penske driver on the podium. In qualifying, a penalty was imposed on the power, starting from 21st place, spinning on the opening lap, charging the field and finishing in 3rd place.

The race could overturn IndyCar’s position after Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and Power and Penske teammate Josef Newgarden’s top three drivers struggled in qualifying. It had a chance to put Patricio O’Ward, who was fourth in points, on the pole and close the main ground in the title hunt.

Instead, he and Felix Rosenqvist, a teammate at the Aroma McLaren SP, were two of the five Chevrolets that were knocked out early, and Ericsson maintained his position. He leads the power by 20 points.

Rinus VeeKay finished fourth in Ed Carpenter Racing, followed by Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Ericsson.

Jimmie Johnson finished 16th with the best results on the road or street course. He has won 11 positions on the track.

McLaren Double DNF

O’Ward and Rosenqvist started in hopes of competing for victory on Sunday. Instead, both were knocked out early from the race due to issues with the Aroma McLaren SP entry.

O’Ward, who started from Paul, was screaming on the radio. “I’m losing power! I’m losing power!” Very early in the race. Rosenqvist had already retired due to some electrical or mechanical problem just 18 laps from the start of the race.

“When it comes to fuel supply, it keeps getting worse and then fails,” O’Ward said. “That’s a shame. We threw away a simple podium there.”

O’Ward was trying to take advantage of the poor qualifying efforts from the three championship candidates in front of him on the standings. Instead, he finished in 24th place.

Rosenqvist, whose mission is to keep the IndyCar seat with McLaren and stop McLaren from moving to the next Formula E team, started in 4th place, aiming for the first podium of the season. His Chevrolet problem ended the Swede’s day early.

Rosenqvist was furious and put on gloves after climbing from a car with a disability.

“It’s just a shame. I really did a really good run. It’s a big loss for us today,” he said. “I don’t know what happened later, but we really felt like we were sailing. We were fighting for the podium, so we have to go back and start over.”

Rosenqvist is trying to stay in 7th place, so he raced in the top 10 finishes four times in a row. He signed a multi-year extension with McLaren, but the team doesn’t know if Rosenqvist will drive. Next year at IndyCar or Formula E.

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McLaughlin wins IndyCar victory in Mid-Ohio in front of his visiting parents

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