Biography

Josef Newgarden hopes to build on a remarkable start to his career with Team Penske in 2019. Over his first two seasons with the team, the talented 28-year-old American driver has recorded more wins (seven) than any driver in the NTT IndyCar Series (NICS) over that time and he produced back-to-back top-five finishes in the championship standings. Newgarden captured the series title in his first year with Team Penske behind four wins and nine podium finishes in 2017. Last season, Newgarden produced three victories in the Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet to bring his career total to 10 victories in the series. He also scored a single-season career high four pole positions in 2018, which raised his career total to six poles won.

After his sensational debut season with the team, Newgarden looked to be on his way to back-to-back titles in 2018 after he won two of the first four NICS races – on the Phoenix oval and at the Barber Motorsports Park road course. After a tough early-season stretch, Newgarden returned to Victory Lane when he won from the pole and led 53 of 55 laps at Road America in July. He closed the year with eight consecutive top-10 finishes and wound up fifth in the championship standings to complete a strong sophomore season with Team Penske.

After joining Team Penske in October 2016, it didn’t take long for Newgarden to make his mark in the record books of the winningest team in the history of North American open-wheel racing. Newgarden completed his seventh season racing in the NTT IndyCar Series with the Team Penske’s 15th series title and its 30th championship overall in 2017. The Henderson, Tennessee native got off to a quick start with a victory at Barber Motorsports Park in just his third start for Team Penske. He drove the No. 2 Chevrolet to Victory Lane three more times – at Toronto, Mid-Ohio and Gateway – over the course of the season to lead all series drivers in wins with four. Newgarden also captured his lone Verizon P1 Pole Award at the right time in the season finale at Sonoma, which proved instrumental in securing his first series title. In his championship campaign, Newgarden posted 10 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes while leading at least one lap in a series-best 12 races.