Josef Newgarden
Josef  Newgarden
Team Penske
Josef Newgarden
rank
01
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Dec 22, 1990
2 Chevrolet USA Verizon P1 Award Road To Indy Graduate
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Hometown
Nashville, TN
Residence
Charlotte, NC

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

(About moving to Team Penske for 2017): "It's a tough transition, but at the same time, I'm excited about it because from what I've seen over the last four or five months at Team Penske, I think it's going to be a really, really fun experience to try something new to work in a different environment, to learn a different environment, and then try and make the most of that. I'm very excited about 2017. I'm not sure how it's going to pan out yet. I think it's hard to predict, but I think we're going to have a pretty good going."

ON TRACK

  • In sixth season in Verizon IndyCar Series and first with Team Penske.
  • Four-time Indy car race winner, including a dominating win at Iowa in 2016, which set an Indy car record for most laps led by a race winner.
  • Proud graduate of the Mazda Road to Indy, he won the 2011 Indy Lights championship with five race victories.
  • Recipient of 2012 Tony Renna Rising Star Award

OFF TRACK

  • A versatile athlete, who appeared rs on an episode of "American Ninja Warrior" with other Verizon IndyCar Series driver and has participated in the NFL Combine and the Indiana Pacers Slam Dunk contest. He played baseball and basketball before turning to racing.
  • Listens to R&B and Dance/EDM and is a fan of Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Skrillex and Diplo.
  • Loves fashion. Appearing front row at the Rag & Bone Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week in September 2016; cover model on the March issue of Image & Style magazine and the only model in an eight-page feature in the Spring 2016 issue of Pattern magazine.
  • Spokesperson for the Best Friends Animal Society and featured in its "Show Your Soft Side" campaign, also represents Outrun the Sun, a melanoma and skin cancer awareness organization.
  • Enjoys rock climbing and most outdoor activities; an avid Forza player.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 4 1 10 13 390 16
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 1 0 6 11 313 13
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 1 5 9 345 13
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 0 2 7 20 12
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 0 0 4 7 0 16
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 0 0 0 0 1 8
Total 100 7 2 27 47 1069 78
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2011 Indy Lights 14 5 3 10 13 395 13

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Team Penske

Roger Penske has been racing and winning in the United States since 1958 and has scored victories in every series in which he has competed.

Penske was one of America's most successful young road racers before he retired from driving in 1965 to focus on his business interests. He fielded Corvettes in the 1966 endurance races at Daytona and Sebring before joining forces with driver Mark Donohue to race in the USRRC and Can-Am sports car series. Penske Racing found success early with Donohue, winning two consecutive USRRC championships and three SCCA Trans-Am championships.

Penske Racing and Donohue moved into Indy car racing by racing in two USAC-sanctioned road races in 1968. In 1969, the team entered the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, and Donohue finished seventh, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Since then, a Penske Racing car has been in Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 15 times -- most recently in 2009 with Helio Castroneves -- and won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship in 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr. and 2014 with Will Power.

Drivers who have competed in Penske Racing cars in CART and the Verizon IndyCar Series include Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Al Unser Jr., Tom Sneva, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Emerson Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr., Gil de Ferran, Gary Bettenhausen, Paul Tracy, Andre Ribiero, Ryan Briscoe, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.

 

 

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First Start
March 25, 2012 (St. Petersburg)
First Win
April 26, 2015 (Barber)
First Pole
July 12, 2015 (Milwaukee)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Finished career-best fourth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Ed Carpenter Racing, winning in dominant fashion at Iowa, a few weeks after breaking his collarbone in a racing accident at Texas.
    • Led four races for 313 laps. His 282 laps led at Iowa were an Indy car record for most laps led.
    • Recorded four podium finishes, including a career-best third at the Indy 500, and 11 top-10 finishes.
  • 2015
    • Scored a breakthrough season for CFH Racing, winning first two Verizon IndyCar Series races (Barber and Toronto) and finishing a career-best seventh in the series point standings
    • Won first career pole at Milwaukee.
    • Led six races for a series-best 345 laps.
    • Recorded five top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
  • 2014
    • Finished season by qualifying in top five for last four races.
    • Tied career-best finish with second place at Iowa.
    • Qualified second for three races (Texas, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma).
    • Finished 13th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes and led four races for total of 20 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished 14th in point standings for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
    • Recorded four top-five finishes, with a best of second at Baltimore after starting season-high fifth.
    • Was running at the finish in 16 of the 19 races.
  • 2012
    • Finished 14 starts for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing with best finish of 11th at St. Petersburg after starting 19th.
    • Started second at Long Beach as a result of Chevrolet team penalty.
    • Led first career lap at Auto Club Speedway.

Josef's Road To Indy

  • 2011
    • Won Indy Lights championship for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with five wins (St. Petersburg, Indianapolis, Iowa, Edmonton and New Hampshire).
    • Earned 10 podium finishes in the 14 races.
  • 2010
    • Finished 18th in GP3 for Carlin Motorsport, with best finish of fifth at Monza.
    • Won pole for the event at Hockenheim.
  • 2009
    • Finished second in the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain with JTR, with nine wins, four poles, 16 podium finishes.
    • Claimed two wins in three Formula Palmer Audi starts at Brands Hatch.
    • Competed in Formula Ford Festival (Duratec Class) and Walter Hayes Trophy.
  • 2008
    • Finished second in Skip Barber National Series for Racer of Tomorrow LTD with three wins, six poles, five podiums and three fastest laps in 14 starts.
    • Awarded Team USA Scholarship and competed in International Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, winning Kent Class at International Formula Ford Festival.
    • Competed in IMSA Lites and Skip Barber Regional Series and Canadian Formula Ford 1600 events.
  • 2007
    • Finished sixth in Skip Barber National Series for Racer of Tomorrow LTD with two wins, three poles, four podiums and three fastest laps in 14 starts.
    • Finished second in Skip Barber Southern Regional Series with three wins, three poles and 10 podiums in 12 starts.
  • Early Career
    • Began racing at age 13 at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana.
    • Won numerous races and national karting titles including: Kart Racers of America champion in the Tag class in 2008, 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.