Two-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has revealed a hilarious lie he told his now wife Karly Paone when they first met.
The pair, who were married in California in December 2019, have been together for about four years after meeting at the Las Vegas Karting SuperNationals.
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But the 26-year-old Kiwi superstar admitted in a video that he lied to Paone when they first met — until she caught him out.
In a video for bottle shop retailer Thirsty Camel, McLaughlin and Paone shared the story of how they met.
McLaughlin said motorsport “wasn’t in my blood” but after trying it, he was hooked. But in 2016, he was a mechanic for a friend the karting race in Vegas as well as a boys trip.
It was there he met Karly with one of his friends knowing one of her friends through social media and the rest was history — well almost.
She said “it was love at first sight” after hanging out on the first night but did call out McLaughlin’s porky.
“We asked what each other did and you said you were a mechanic,” she said. “I was like ‘OK cool, whatever that means whatever’.
“The next couple of days I followed him on social media and he had like 40,000 followers at the time and I’m like ‘what’. No one I knew had that many followers on Instagram so I was like ‘weird’.
“Then he said ‘I’m actually a race car driver’. I didn’t really get it until I first visited in April and went to Philip Island and I was like ‘oh, you’re a pretty big deal. You’re pretty good at this’.”
It all seemed to work out all right in the end.
McLaughlin explained that he didn’t like telling people he was a race car driver.
“It was about two days later when she followed me on Instagram and noticed that this mechanic had, like, 50,000-odd followers. I think she clued on then,” he told Motorsport.com.
“One thing that I really struggle with is explaining what I do for a living without feeling like a flog.
“I just say I‘m a mechanic. That’s not just something I said to Karly, I say it to a lot of people.
“I finished a fabrication apprenticeship [at GRM], so I probably should say I‘m a fabricator. But that’s another one that’s hard to explain.”
In 2016, McLaughlin finished third in the Supercars championship for Garry Rogers Motorsport, the season before he joined DJR Penske.
Since then, he was pipped at the post in 2017, before winning both the 2018 and 2019 championships and currently sitting first before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now the front runner, McLaughlin is the hunted in the sport but has already impressed with his performances in the IndyCar and Supercars e-series
With a return to the track at the Sydney SuperSprint on Saturday, McLaughlin told Motorsport.com that the break had put his life inter perspective.
“Not only what we do, but life itself. Taking it for granted that you can go down the road and have a beer,” he said. “Absolutely it gets busy, especially in a team like Penske that asks a lot out of you in terms of PR. You feel like it‘s hard, but it’s really not that hard.
“When you have a break … I thought ‘oh this will be good, we’ll have two weeks off’ after Albert Park. And then you get to the third, fourth, sixth, seventh week and you think ’far out I’m bored, I want to go back to my job’.”
It’s a different world to when it shut down.Source:Getty Images
WHEN’S IT BACK?
The second round of the V8 Supercars Championship will kick off on Saturday July 27 at 10.20am with two practice session before qualifying leading into race seven of the season.
While there have only been two races completed so far at the Adelaide 500, the Melbourne 400 races were still counted in the race count despite being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will be nine more events over the between June 27-28 and December 12-13, where the season ends at Sydney Motorsport Park.
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Scott McLaughlin is banking on more celebrations.Source:News Corp Australia
WHERE DOES IT STAND?
After just two races, McLaughlin sits on top of the standings, having claimed a win and a second-place finish at the Adelaide 500.
The two-time defending champion holds a 27-point lead over Jamie Whincup but the superstar has reportedly lost 10kg during the break in the lead up to the return.
“Since the victory on Sunday in February in Round 1 I’ve lost over 10kg and I am without a doubt the fittest I’ve ever been,” McLaughlin told Supercars.com.
“I worked my backside off these past three months while we suffered through the pandemic to be at the top of my game when racing resumed – so I’m hoping we can be right on the pace.
“You all know I’ve done a million miles of Eseries racing during the time off, but this past fortnight I’ve really ramped up my go-karting – which has my eye in.
“It’s a great way to blow the cobwebs out spending a day holding on to the kart – you wake up sore as hell the next morning, but it’s all worth it.”
Chaz Mostert is in third in the series, a further 27 points behind Whincup, but just three points ahead of both Cameron Waters and Will Davison.
WHAT IS THE REST OF THE 2020 SCHEDULE?
BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint — June 27-28
Truck Assist Winton — July 18-19
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown — August 8-9
Townsville — August 29-30
Penrite Oil Sandown — September 19-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 — October 8-11
PIRTEK Perth — October 31-November 1
Tyrepower Tasmania — November 21-22
Sydney Motorsport Park — December 12-13
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