Josef Newgarden of Hendersonville, Tenn., earned the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights championship and entered the Verizon IndyCar Series for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing the next season.
He drove a kart for the first time in 2004 at the age of 13 and in 2006 took titles in two classes of the Kart Racers of America. The same year he began his single-seater career in the Skip Barber Racing School series, where he finished as runner-up in the Southern Regional Series with three wins and another seven podiums.
In 2008, he earned the opportunity to compete in the BRSCC Formula Ford Festival as part of the Team USA Scholarship program and became the first American winner (Kent class) in the 36-year history of the event. He moved to the British Formula Ford Championship in 2009 and was runner-up with nine wins and also won two out of three races he contested in the Formula Palmer Audi Series (UK).
In 2010, Newgarden moved into the GP3 Series, where he scored five top 10s, three front-row starts and one pole position in 16 races.
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
First race: March 25, 2012 (St. Petersburg)
• Finished 14th in IndyCar Series 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.
• Finished 23rd in IndyCar Series standings for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
• Missed Baltimore race with hand injury.
• Had best finish of 11th in season opener.
ROAD TO VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
• Won Firestone Indy Lights championship, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
• Earned five victories and 10 podium finishes overall in the 14 races.
• Posted a best finish of fifth in the GP3 Series season finale at Monza. Also won pole at Hockenheimring. Finished 18th in standings.
• Finished runner-up in British Formula Ford Championship, recording nine victories.
• Competed in opening round of Formula Palmer Audi season at Brands Hatch, recording two victories and a fourth place in the third race.
• Finished as runner-up in BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda championship, recording three victories.
• Competed in Formula Ford, winning the Kent Class at the Formula Ford Festival.
• Finished sixth in BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda championship, recording two victories.
• Earned two titles in Karts Racers of America championship.
• Won the Junior TAG World Championship for second consecutive year.
• Finished runner-up in Skip Barber Southern Regional Series with three victories and 10 podium finishes overall. Named Rookie of the Year.