Biography

Josef Newgarden has established himself as one of the true stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES as he has produced 15 victories and a pair of series championships since he joined Team Penske in 2017. Newgarden captured the series title in his first year with the team and he earned his second championship just two years later in 2019. Last season, the popular American racer nearly secured his third title with Team Penske as he posted wins in three of the final six races in 2020 before falling just shy of another title bid to finish as series runner up.  

Overcoming a delayed start to the 2020 season and a condensed schedule as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Newgarden and the Hitachi team worked hard behind-the-scenes and virtually to replace the time lost on track. Their efforts proved fruitful as Newgarden tied for the series with four wins, including the second race of doubleheader weekends at both at Iowa Speedway, the opening race of the Harvest GP weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and a dramatic victory in the season finale on the Streets of St. Petersburg that brought the team within just a few points of earning back-to-back championships.

In addition to the four wins, Newgarden recorded six podium finishes and won three poles in 2020. Throughout his nine-year NTT INDYCAR SERIES career, the native of Hendersonville, Tenn., has produced 18 victories, 35 podium finishes and 11 poles. Newgarden will look to add to those totals and fight for a third series title in 2021 racing the No. 2 Hitachi/XPEL/Dent Wizard/Snap-on Dallara/Chevrolet.