Team Penske has announced it will not return to Supercars in 2021, and nor will triple champion Scott McLaughlin.
In a double announcement on Saturday morning, the team confirmed its worst kept secret, revealing McLaughlin will take up IndyCar full-time from next year, ending months of speculation.
He will make his IndyCar debut this weekend in Florida, leaving Supercars after consecutive championship wins in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and a Bathurst 1000 win in 2019.
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In a statement, Team Penske said the Kiwi will complete its four-car line-up in 2021.
McLaughlin also confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “Ready for a new chapter – thank you to the entire group at DJR Team Penske for allowing me to show what I could do.
“This opportunity wouldn’t have happened with the people around me. Onwards and upwards starting this weekend!”
Meanwhile, Dick Johnson Racing will still return for the 2021 season having joined forces with Team Penske in 2015.
“We have enjoyed an incredible six seasons competing in the Supercars series with DJR Team Penske,” Roger Penske said.
“Partnering with Dick Johnson and Ryan Story to form DJR Team Penske was an incredible experience that produced success on the track and in the boardroom.
“We have built so many lasting partnerships and friendships, and competing in Supercars has certainly helped strengthen our brand and our business in Australia and New Zealand.
“Unfortunately, with the challenges we have faced in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to readjust our business initiatives for 2021 and beyond.
“We want to thank Dick Johnson, Ryan Story, Fabian Coulthard and all of our team members for their hard work and dedication as we reestablished a championship organization together over the last six years.
“I know that Dick, Ryan and the team will continue to build on that success moving forward.”