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Get T Know: Scott McLaughlin

Perhaps it’s the dairy connection, but Scott McLaughlin claims it was a friend who got him rooting for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland, of course. so McLaughlin’s affinity for it should have come naturally. His mother grew up on a New Zealand dairy farm.

McLaughlin’s roots may be in New Zealand’s North Island, but it was the Wisconsin football tradition that hooked him. Every Wisconsin home game, the Badger faithful dances their ritual to the party anthem. “I’m a bit of a partier”, says the 2nd year driver for Team Penske. “”So when they play ‘Jump Around’, I love it.”

Scott Thomas McLaughlin was born June 10, 1993 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Hamilton, with a population similar to Knoxville, Tennessee.

has been cited as New Zealand’s most beautiful city- befitting for McLaughlin’s outlook on life.  The Kiwi is rarely seen without a smile or heard without  a quick joke. “I’m driving in a race that only allows 33 entires, I’m one of them, I’m living in America, and I’ve got a great wife”, McLaughlin says when asked about his positivity.

He met his wife Karly 8 years ago while both were vacationing in Las Vegas. She is a native of Long Island, so perhaps they bonded over the 1st sports team McLaughlin ever rooted for- the NBA’s New York Knicks. An enthusiast for a variety of American sports, since moving to Charlotte he has also become a supporter of the Carolina Panthers. An avid golfer who dominated the Virgin Australian sportscar series as its 4th all time winningest driver, McLaughlin started 17th and finished 20th last year in his rookie Indy 500 campaign. Last year, he started 26th and finished 29TH.

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