Future of IndyCar: Josef Newgarden Claims Indy Lights Title in Kentucky
They call him the “Racer of Tomorrow.” And for good reason.
Oakley young Speed Demon Josef Newgarden claimed charged into the Firestone Indy Lights race at Kentucky last week with one objective: Start the race. Because the Indy Lights Title was all but wrapped up.
The racing star went on to grab the second-place podium spot in the race and boldly claim the 2011 Title with five convincing victories and a mere three finishes off the podium in the first 13 races.
“It’s a big day for all of us at Sam Schmidt Motorsports, but it’s obviously very bittersweet after the last couple weeks without Chris,” Josef said, referring to Sam Schmidt Motorsports’ Manager Chris Griffis, who passed away unexpectedly recently. “I’m so thankful for everything this year.”
Although the title was clearly his, Josef didn’t shy away from a battle.
A 20-lap side-by-side spectacle went down on the track – with race winner Stefan Wilson on the outside. But it didn’t hold, as Wilson gapped Josef to steal the win by 3.1 seconds.
With a dominant season thus far – topped off with the title – Josef is clearly making his way toward in IndyCar.
Congratulations for the title and an amazing season, Josef!
Firestone Indy Lights
1. (1) Stefan Wilson, 67, Running
2. (6) Josef Newgarden, 67, Running
3. (4) Jorge Goncalvez, 67, Running
4. (2) Brandon Wagner, 67, Running
5. (11) Bryan Clauson, 67, Running
6. (12) Duarte Ferreira, 53, In Pits
7. (7) Victor Carbone, 48, Mechanical
8. (9) Rusty Mitchell, 35, Mechanical
9. (3) Jacob Wilson, 0, Contact
10. (5) Esteban Guerrieri, 0, Contact
11. (8) Gustavo Yacaman, 0, Contact
12. (10) David Ostella, 0, Contact
13. (13) Anders Krohn, 0, Contact