Josef Newgarden

Born:
22nd December 1990 (Age 27)
Nashville, Tennessee
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Josef Newgarden began his racing career chasing single-seater success in Europe before establishing himself as a title-winning driver in his own country.

European single-seater career

This native of Nashville, Tennessee attended the Skip Barber Racing School during 2006 before starring in North American Formula Ford. He travelled to England in 2008 to win the Kent class of the Brands Hatch Festival. He returned a year later and impressed on a one-off weekend in Formula Palmer Audi – winning two of the three races during the opening weekend.

He finished as runner-up in the 2009 British Formula Ford Championship in a season marred by the death of his team boss Nick Tandy in a road accident. Newgarden graduated to the new GP3 Series in 2010 with Carlin but it proved to be a disappointing campaign. Although he qualified on pole position at Hockenheim, fifth in the final round at Monza was his best result of his last European campaign.

Indy Lights champion and Indycar debut

Newgarden returned to America for the 2011 Indy Lights Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. That decision was rewarded with five victories (proving to be equally adept on road courses and ovals), the title and an Indycar drive for 2012.

He joined Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and qualified in a fine seventh for the Indianapolis 500. Sidelined by engine failure after 161 laps of the race, 11th on his debut in St Petersburg was his best result of the 2012 IndyCar Series. He remained with the modestly funded outfit for the next two years and showed glimpses of real promise. Second at Baltimore during his sophomore season with the team, he repeated that result at Iowa as he grew ever-more competitive during 2014.

Breakthrough Indycar victories for CFH Racing

SFHR merged with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2015 IndyCar Series with the renamed CFH Racing now powered by Chevrolet engines. Newgarden cemented his growing reputation by winning at Barber Motorsports Park and, having benefitted from a fortuitous yellow, in Toronto. Further second-place finishes at Iowa and Pocono followed as Newgarden, who led more laps than any other driver, challenged for the title until the final round.

Seventh overall that year, he improved to fourth in the 2016 standings despite breaking his wrist and clavicle when he crashed at Texas Motor Speedway. Third in the Indianapolis 500, he dominated on the tight confines of the Iowa Speedway to score his only win of the season.

Indycar champion for Team Penske

Having impressed during his time with Fisher and Carpenter, Newgarden was chosen by Roger Penske as Juan Pablo Montoya’s fulltime replacement for 2017 and he capitalized on that promotion. He benefited when team-mate Will Power suffered a puncture to win at Barber before enjoying a consistently competitive run in the second half of the year that included further victories at Toronto, Mid-Ohio and St Louis. He took the championship lead with five races to go and defended a slender advantage to clinch the title by finishing the Sears Point finale in second position.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series
Team Penske
17 4 3 3
18% win rate
5th 560
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series
Team Penske
17 1 9 4
24% win rate
1st 642
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series
Ed Carpenter Racing
16 0 4 1
7% win rate
4th 502
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series
CFH Racing
16 1 4 2
13% win rate
7th 431
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
18 0 1 0
0% win rate
13th 406
2013 IZOD IndyCar Series
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
19 0 1 0
0% win rate
14th 348
2012 IZOD IndyCar Series
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
14 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 200
2011 IRL Firestone Indy Lights Series
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
14 3 10 5
36% win rate
1st 553
2010 GP3 Series
Carlin
16 1 0 0
0% win rate
18th 8