LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Josef Newgarden started on the front row in his third Verizon IndyCar Series race -- at Long Beach.
While the result wasn't the Tennessee native wanted, he learned from the experience on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit. Last September, Newgarden finished a career-best second on the streets of Baltimore. In the season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., he drove the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing from the 22nd starting position to ninth place.
He qualified a career-best fourth on a road/street course April 12 for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and showed the quickness around the course in the race day morning warm-up to contend for his maiden victory. Newgarden recorded the best lap of 1 minute, 8.3447 seconds.
Sebastien Bourdais, a three-time winner of the race and who will start next to Newgarden on Row 2, was second (1:08.7762) in the No. 11 Mistic car for KVSH Racing.
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Ryan Hunter-Reay earned the Verizon P1 Award, with Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe starting on the outside of the front row for the 80-lap race. Hunter-Reay was third quick in the warm-up, while Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car was fourth.
Rookie Jack Hawksworth, driving the No. 98 Charter/Castrol Edge car for BHA/BBM with Curb Agajanian, and Simon Pagenaud in the No. 77 Charter Communications car for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports qualified on Row 3.
The IMS Radio Network broadcasts all sessions in conjunction with Timing & Scoring on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app. The race also can be heard on IMS Radio Network affiliates, Sirius 209 and XM 209. NBCSN will telecast the race (1-4 p.m. PDT).
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