Biography

Josef Newgarden joined Team Penske on Oct. 5, 2016 following his second consecutive top-10 finish in the driver standings with all three of his career INDYCAR wins coming within the two-season span.

Driving for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2016, Newgarden produced one of the most dominating victories in series history with his performance at Iowa Speedway. The Tennessee native led a series-record 282 of 300 laps after starting second behind eventual series champion and future teammate Simon Pagenaud. Making the day more impressive was that the race came just four weeks after Newgarden suffered a fractured clavicle and right hand in a July 12 accident at Texas Motor Speedway.

All told in 2016, Newgarden recorded six top fives and 11 top 10s en route to a fourth-place finish in points. His 313 laps led was second only to Pagenaud’s 406. Beyond the Iowa win, he finished on the podium at Barber Motorsports Park (3rd), in the Indianapolis 500 (3rd) and at Watkins Glen International (2nd). His start on the outside pole in the Indy 500 was a season-best and he also qualified second at Iowa and Pocono Raceway. The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series campaign was a breakthrough season for Newgarden while racing for Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing. He collected his first series victory at Barber and followed that up with a win on the Streets of Toronto. He also claimed his first career pole win at Milwaukee Mile while finishing seventh in the standings. Overall on the season, he scored five top-five finishes, that included the two victories and runner-up results at Iowa and Pocono, and nine top-10 efforts while leading a series-best 345 laps.