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.

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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.

Newgarden launched his motorsports career at 13 years of age at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana where he won numerous karting titles including Kart Racers of America champion in the Junior Yamaha Can 1 class in 2006, Kart Racers of America champion in the Junior Yamaha Can 2 class in 2006 and Touch and Go World Champion in Junior Revised class in 2006, as well as, Kart Racers of America’s Tag class title in 2008.

At 16 years of age, Newgarden progressed into the open-wheel ranks with two victories, three pole wins and four podiums in the Skip Barber National Series for Racer of Tomorrow LTD along with a runner-up points finish in the Skip Barber Southern Regional Series with three wins, three poles and 10 podiums in 12 starts.

The 2008 campaign saw a second-place finish in the Skip Barber National Series for Racer of Tomorrow LTD with three wins, six poles and five podiums. Newgarden was awarded the Team USA Scholarship and competed in International Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. He won the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone while winning the Kent Class at the International Formula Ford Festival.

Newgarden competed primarily in Europe for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He finished second in the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain in 2009 with nine wins, four poles and 16 podium finishes. He also claimed a pair of wins in three Formula Palmer Audi starts at Brands Hatch.

He returned to the United States in 2011 and demonstrated the mettle to compete on a national stage in the Indy Lights championship for Sam Schmidt Motorsports by recording five wins and 10 podium finishes in 14 starts. The effort earned Newgarden at spot at Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for the 2012 INDYCAR season.

Newgarden resides in Indianapolis but intends to relocate to North Carolina to be near the Team Penske headquarters in Mooresville. He enjoys mountain biking, travel and movies in his time away from the track.

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2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Season Statistics

DateEventStartFinishPoints (Behind)Rank (+/-)
3/12/17 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 4 8 24 (-29) 8 (--)
4/9/17 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 8 3 59 (-34) 5 (+3)
4/23/17 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 7 1 110 (-7) 3 (+2)

Season Totals


Current Point Standings: 3
Starts: 3
Poles: 0
Victories: 1
Top 5s: 2
Top 10s: 3
Avg. Start: 6.3
Avg. Finish: 4.0

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Newgarden wins with Team Penske

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track: Barber Motorsports Park

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track: Streets of Long Beach

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report - Long Beach

The tricky streets of Long Beach did not slow down the No. 2 Hum by Verizon team of Josef Newgarden

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report - St. Petersburg

Simon Pagenaud earns his 4th consecutive top-5 at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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