McLaughlin wins first Indycar race

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Kiwi Scott McLaughlin has held on to win the season-opening Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida.

It is his first IndyCar victory.

The Team Penske driver finished just over half a second ahead of reigning series champion Alex Palou of Spain.

McLaughlin, 28, led the final 21 laps after inheriting the lead on a pit stop by fellow New Zealander Scott Dixon, who was on a different strategy.

Australian Will Power finished third and Scott Dixon finished eighth.

McLaughlin moved from Australian Supercars at the end of the 2020 season and finished 14th overall in his rookie season in IndyCars.

It was only the second podium finish in 18 IndyCar starts, his best finish was second at Texas last year.

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