Q & A

  1. When did you turn pro?

    2011

  2. What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?

    The most memorable win I have had in my career was for sure winning the Ford Festival as part of the Team USA Scholarship in England during the fall of 2008. No American has won a final at that festival in its history, and it was a very special moment for everyone involved that made it happen. Taking the GP3 pole at Hockenhiem, Germany in 2010 in front of the formula one crowd was a very cool moment and certainly taking the opening round win at St. Petersburg, FL and the Freedom 100 at Indy this year for the 2011 Indy Lights series were great feelings as well!

  3. If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?

    I’m the original Racer of tomorrow, and most everyone that knows me can recognize me for that branding.

  4. Word Association:

    • Fun= Risky • Vision= Oakley • Friend=Comrade • Foe= Friend • Greenhouse= Vegetables • Gas= Flatulence

  5. When did you first start riding/racing? Where/why?

    3 years old - radio flyer literally flying through the back door ripping up the back porch at any chance possible.

  6. What drives you to be sicker than everyone else?

    Tiger blood

  7. If you weren’t ripping on the track or dirt, what kind of menial task would you want to do?

    If I did not have the unbelievable opportunity the tear it up all year on the race track, you would probably find me in a suit right in New York City trading stocks and currency - Either that or maybe a triathlete, as I love competing and would need to get my fix somewhere.

  8. If you had to date one person who would it be: Pamela Anderson after Tommy Lee, Snookie from Jersey Shore or your mom in the past like Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future?

    Pamela for sure - come on, who does not remember her in Bay Watch?! The idea of Snookie kind of scares me, and I love my mom to bits and would prefer not to have that mental image!

  9. If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider/driver, who would it NOT be and why?

    Dude, chilling with another Oakley Athlete is never a tough thing! I would probably not want to share it with a woman, as they take longer and I might have to “go” at some point! Ha

  10. Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:

    I can solve a rubiks cube in under a minute (not that cool compared to those crazy people who got that under 10 seconds!)

  11. Your Favorite…(Start with your favorite music artist or something):

    Forgot about Dre, BMW M3 E92, Apple, Blue, Gatorade, The beach, The late show with Craig Ferguson, Miami Heat, J Crew

  12. Oakleys are…

    Tha Bomb!

  13. Best song to ride to:

    Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise (you can’t hate on Phil Collins)

  14. First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…

    Shower ASAP, then eat as much food as possible

  15. A lot of riders never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?

    I’m one of those guys that never experienced prom as well.. I would wanna go with someone like Natalie Portman, I think she is sooo fine!

  16. What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?

    I love anything Disney. I just find it so joyful and happy.

  17. Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?

    I think the fist pump is most in at the moment.

  18. Dream vacation spot:

    The Maldives

  19. Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?

    Dude it would be an honor to take a hit from Chuck!

  20. If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take your girlfriend out would you let him?

    Sure, he’s the one that's gonna have to ask her. Good luck mister interesting :)

  21. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    I went to Walmart every Friday night to buy new pillows.

  22. What tricks are you working on?

    Drifting

  23. Food…

    is my favorite non racing subject in the world! Everything - Italian, American, Chinese, Sushi, French, Seafood, Pastries, Candy, Chocolate!

  24. Taylor Swift or Myley Cyrus? Or if you prefer older, Megan Fox or Diane Keaton?

    Why are older woman so much more interesting? Definitely Megan Fox on this one though!

  25. Last words…

    I’m on vacation.

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