Scott McLaughlin may be a lifelong Greg Murphy fan, bit his career trajectory is tracking much like that of Murph's most famous rival.
In the early-to-mid 2000s, Marcos Ambrose enjoyed a spell of dominance in Supercars in Australia before heading Stateside to live out his NASCAR dream. He was a hard racer, more interested in winning than making friends. His exit at the end of 2005 wasn't exactly met with universal disappointment from the drivers he left behind.
It's harsh, but the same can be said about McLaughlin as he bids farewell to Supercars and joins Team Penske's IndyCar line-up, as part of the US racing giant's exit from the Aussie scene. The Kiwi's relationship with the Supercars paddock has changed over the years. He was once a likeable kid constantly compared to Craig Lowndes thanks to his happy-go-lucky nature. You know, the guy who won hearts when he "gave it some jandal and f*** yeah" on TV after beating Jamie Whincup to second place in Adelaide.