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FIRST INDYCAR SERIES START…OCTOBER 25, 2020
Started 21st before finishing 22nd in debut race that was delayed to the season finale on the streets of St. Petersburg due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS START...SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
Started ninth and finished 10th in the Dick Smith Sandown 500 in Melbourne at the age of 19.

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS DJR TEAM PENSKE START...MARCH 4, 2017
Started sixth before finishing 17th in the first race of the Clipsal 500 race weekend at the Adelaide Grand Prix Circuit. 

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS WIN...APRIL 13, 2013
At age 19 became the youngest winner in series history by leading 24 laps to take the win in the first race at the 2013 ITM Auckland 400 in his home country of New Zealand.

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS DJR TEAM PENSKE WIN...MAY 6, 2017
After starting second to teammate Fabian Coulthard, McLaughlin led 45 of 50 laps to win the first race of the Perth SuperSprint. 

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS POLE...APRIL 6, 2014
Finished 16th after leading the opening 19 laps in the third race of the 2014 Winton 400 race weekend. 

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS DJR TEAM PENSKE POLE...APRIL 8, 2017
Finished 13th in a race that was cut short after four laps due to a multicar incident 

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS LAPS LED...APRIL 13, 2013

Led 24 laps on the way to victory in the 2013 ITM Auckland 400

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCARS PODIUM APPEARANCE...APRIL 13, 2013
First victory in the 2013 ITM Auckland 400 was also the first series podium for McLaughlin.