It was probably some 18 months ago when Autosport told someone within IndyCar that the reigning Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin was eager to move to America to continue his motorsport career. The guy looked appalled.
"What a f***ing waste of talent!" he spluttered. "How can he live with that? All that road-racing talent and he's going to end up wanking around in an oval crapshoot week after week. It's gonna be Marcos Ambrose all over again - he'll win the road races and be lost on the ovals because he's got no data. What is he thinking?!"
Yes, as you'll have already guessed, both of us were assuming that McLaughlin's move to the US meant he was considering a future within NASCAR. And if our assumption was wide of the mark, we weren't alone: it seemed Roger Penske was thinking the same way when Autosport first broached the subject with him.