McLaughlin impressing Power in IndyCars

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Three-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin is being tipped to enjoy a successful first season as a fulltime IndyCar driver by Penske teammate Will Power.

McLaughlin will make his first start as a fulltime racer when the 2021 IndyCar season begins on Sunday (0600 Monday AEST) with the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

While the New Zealander insists he still has plenty to learn on his IndyCar journey, Australian Power says most of the elements for success are already evident in the 27-year-old.

"He's had some good time in the car," Power told AAP.

"He's obviously completed one race and he did some testing last year as well.

"He's there, it's now down to the details of getting it altogether over the race weekend.

"I reckon just based on his speed, he's certainly going to have some good showings this year."

Power is out to make a fast start of his own as the 2014 championship winner looks to get himself back into title contention.

The Toowoomba product has finished fifth three times and third once in the past four championships, with poor performances in early rounds proving costly.

The last time Power won a season-opening race was in his championship-winning season but he says 2021 is all about landing a second IndyCar title.

"I'm expecting to be right at the front and competing for a championship," the 40-year-old said.

"I've had a very good look and certainly reflected on mistakes that I made during the season last year that cost us a lot of points and we certainly look pretty hard at other areas that cost us points as well.

"We're pretty focused on having a solid year and especially starting the season strong. That's been one of our biggest issues ... getting ourselves in a deep hole points-wise four races in to the season."