A consistent championship contender since he joined Team Penske, Josef Newgarden continues to amass wins and pole positions at an impressive rate as he competes in his 12th NTT INDYCAR SERIES (NICS) season in 2023. Newgarden has emerged as one of the true stars of INDYCAR, producing on the track and helping to attract new fans to the sport. The combination of Newgarden’s skills and hard work produced series titles in both 2017 and 2019, and he has finished first or second in the NICS standings in five of the six years since he joined Team Penske in 2017. His 25 career victories make him the winningest active American driver in INDYCAR competition. After producing five wins and a third consecutive championship runner-up finish behind the wheel of the No. 2 Hitachi/PPG/Shell Fuel Rewards Dallara/Chevrolet in 2022, Newgarden will strive to secure his third INDYCAR title in 2023.

In terms of visits to Victory Lane, the 2022 NICS season was the most successful to date for the Nashville, Tenn. resident. His five victories topped his previous best of four wins that came during his two championship seasons of 2017 and 2019, along with the 2020 campaign. His victories last season demonstrate how versatile the 31-year-old is as he enters the prime of his career. Wins at Texas Motor Speedway, Long Beach, Road America, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway paved the way for Newgarden to claim the inaugural PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge title, awarded to a driver that wins on an oval, road course and street circuit, and the $1 million check that came with it. Though Newgarden and the No. 2 team delivered dominant performances in 2022, consistency proved to be challenging over the course of the 17-race season as the team fell just short of earning their third series crown. An accident in the second race of the Iowa Speedway doubleheader – while Newgarden appeared to be on his way to sweeping the weekend – would also prove detrimental to his championship hopes.