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Tucked away on the banks of the Willamette River near Portland’s Swan Island ports is the quaint headquarters of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Around the sprawling campus, it’s common to see Freightliner trucks of all shapes and sizes, but Wednesday morning, August 31, brought the unusual sight of a Team Penske race car transporter making its way down the interstate dragged by a model Freightliner Cascadia.

Team Penske haulers have been towed by a Freightliner to every NTT INDYCAR SERIES race since 1984. But this was the first time an electric version of the popular truck brand had been used in such a way. The unit was en route to meet two-time race winner Scott McLaughlin at DTNA’s “Electric Island” charging station, where McLaughlin, the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year, brought in his #2 Chevrolet Freightliner. 3 and the van that was involved in the same electric mobility scheme.

McLaughlin visited DTNA headquarters ahead of Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix, the penultimate race on the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule, meeting with employees and taking a spin on the American Truck Simulator located in the company lobby.

New Zealand native McLaughlin felt right at home in the DTNA crowd. McLaughlin grew up in a family of carriers. His father, Wayne, owned a trucking company with locations in New Zealand and Australia, and McLaughlin had the Australian version of a commercial driver’s license.

However, this trip was more than simulators and autographs. McLaughlin was also there to highlight the continued integration of electric trucks into the Penske Logistics fleet that operates and maintains more than 372,000 vehicles.

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“It is an honor to represent the Penske brand because they are industry leaders in so many areas,” said McLaughlin. “They have been at the forefront of electric trucks since becoming the first company to take delivery of a Freightliner eCascadia in 2018. Now we are seeing that carry over to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with electric trucks, sustainable Firestone guayule tires and Shell fuel. renewable. which will debut next year.”

After getting DTNA employees excited about seeing his car race this weekend at Portland International Raceway, McLaughlin climbed into the cockpit and drove his No. 3 Chevy to PIR. Never before has an electric truck transported an INDYCAR SERIES car to the race track.

“I could have easily driven the truck myself, but with my race car in the back, I was happy to just be a passenger on that ride,” McLaughlin said. “We had some great racing in Freightliner colors at Iowa, and I’m confident we can kick off the West Coast tour with another great race this weekend at Portland. We have a long shot for the championship, but we have a chance and that’s pretty amazing in our second year in the series.”

McLaughlin is sixth in the championship standings, 54 points behind leader and teammate Will Power. NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network will broadcast the Portland Grand Prix live at 3 pm ET on Sunday, September 4.

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