5 drivers best suited for a NASCAR-IndyCar crossover

Kyle Larson, Arrow McLaren, Indy 500, IndyCar, NASCAR (Syndication: The Indianapolis Star)
Kyle Larson, Arrow McLaren, Indy 500, IndyCar, NASCAR (Syndication: The Indianapolis Star) /
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Scott McLaughlin, Indy 500, IndyCar
Scott McLaughlin, Indy 500, Team Penske, IndyCar (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

NASCAR/IndyCar crossover candidates: No. 3 – Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin is currently in his third full season in IndyCar with Team Penske and has already found success, notching four total wins and a fourth place finish in the championship last year.

Before joining IndyCar in 2021, McLaughlin raced V8 Supercars for eight full seasons from 2013 to 2020. And in V8 Supercars, he was among the most successful drivers in series history, winning three straight titles from 2018 to 2020 and a total of 56 races.

On top of this, the V8 Supercars share some similarities with NASCAR. The cars are roughly the same size and weigh similar amounts. There are far more similarities between V8 Supercars and NASCAR than there are between either of those two and IndyCar.

In the past, two-time V8 Supercars champion Marcos Ambrose made the crossover to NASCAR, where he found some success, winning two races in his six full seasons.

McLaughlin has expressed interest in trying NASCAR one day, and much like the previous two drivers discussed, he would likely have a shot to do it in a fourth Team Penske entry for a couple of events.

But outside of Team Penske, there are still several drivers in both series who can pull off a crossover.