• Breakthrough: Young IndyCar Rookie Josef Newgarden Claims 2nd in Baltimore

    Baltimore6

    Posted 11 months ago by Andrew De Lara

    Being thrown into the fire with the ‘Big Boys’ after riding high with an Indy Lights title at age 20 isn’t easy. But after taking his lumps, Josef Newgarden has finally broken through. The young racer, who’s been facing a less-than-ideal season with his Sarah Fisher Hartman crew, clawed his way to his first IndyCar podium finish in Baltimore this past Saturday – emphatically grabbing second place following a grueling battle. Smashing through extreme heat, six extended caution periods and multiple crashes, the young phenom found glory despite the extreme challenges before him. Starting in fifth, Josef fell back as far as 19th before powering his way forward through the field.

Josef Newgarden

Newgarden

Go big or go home!

Date of Birth:
December 22, 1990
Hometown:
Nashville, TN, um Country Music?
Sponsors:
RoboPong, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets, ScoreBig, Copart
Hobbies:
Rock Climbing, Mountain/Road Biking, Circuit Training, Water Balloon Fighting, Underwater Basket Weaving, and of course Ping Pong!

Career Highlights

    • 2005-2007 - Multiple World Kart Championships
    • 2008 - First American to win the prestigious International Formula Ford Festival
    • 2009 - Finished 2nd in the British Formula Ford Championship (9 wins, 16 podiums in 25 races) & Won 2 out of 3 Formula Palmer Audi (UK) races
    • 2010 - Raced in the FIA GP3 Series (2 steps from F1); 5 top-tens, 1 pole in 16 races
    • Returned to North America to compete for the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights Championship with Sam Schmidt Motorsports
    • Has scored two wins from four starts (At St. Petersburg and Indianapolis) in his debut Indy Lights season
    • Currently leading the Indy Lights points standings going into Round 5 of 13