Parity debate in Supercars inevitable, says McLaughlin

The Kiwi, now absolutely embedded as a race winner in IndyCar, stopped in need of weighing in on the most recent parity drama in Supercars when quizzed on the matter on the eve of the Indy 500.

McLaughlin as an alternative highlighted that arguments over technical parity are considerably inevitable within the highly-political Supercars paddock.


He does have private expertise with parity claims, having been central to one of many fiercest within the historical past of the class when the Gen2 Ford Mustang was launched in 2019.

The second of McLaughlin’s three titles was overshadowed by the remarkably quick Mustang package deal that finally led to important in-season aero and Centre of Gravity adjustments to each that automotive and the ZB Holden Commodore.

This time Ford is on the deprived aspect of the parity debate with the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro trying to be the higher package deal in comparison with the Mustang.

Because it stands a lot of that’s considered centred on the 2 engines, which, for the primary time, are constructed on two vastly completely different platforms – a quad cam Ford V8 and pushrod Chev V8.

When requested by for his tackle the Gen3 parity state of affairs, McLaughlin mentioned: “I imply, I assume not a lot has modified from once I was there.

“It’s a standard phrase that will get drawn up in Supercars lands sadly. I’m not shut sufficient now to have a direct thought of what’s occurring. I’ve hardly seen many races this yr simply from the timing and no matter has been occurring, however I’ve learn a couple of articles.

“It simply… is what it’s. I really feel prefer it’s at all times going to be a factor. I simply don’t assume you’ll get away from it in Australia and New Zealand.”

McLaughlin is awkwardly positioned relating to commenting on parity – and never simply due to his private expertise with the Gen2 Mustang.

He received his three Supercars titles and controversial Bathurst 1000 crown with Dick Johnson Racing, the Ford homologation workforce that designed and developed the Gen2 Mustang, and led the Blue Oval’s efforts with the Gen3 Mustang.

Nevertheless he’s additionally now aligned to Chevrolet via Crew Penske’s IndyCar programme.