American. Racer. Champion.
A Thirst For Speed
Nashville, TN is not traditionally a motorsports mecca. So Josef and his family began traveling to Indianapolis on a weekly basis to compete at New Castle Motorsports Park. After honing his craft Josef took home two titles in the 2006 karting season – KRA Junior Yamaha & Junior TAG World Championship. His rapid rise in motorsports was just beginning.
An Open-Wheel Career Begins
An American In Europe
A BUMP IN THE ROAD
WELCOME TO INDYCAR
On December 7, 2011, Josef was announced as the driver for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. His incredible 2011 performance afforded him a three year contract with the young INDYCAR team, a rare opportunity for a rookie driver. Newgarden would go on to compete for the team for 3 seasons, earning his first podium at the 2013 Baltimore event. He would narrowly miss the win at the 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300 due to problems with his last pit stop.
In early 2015, Sarah Fisher would announce that her team was merging with Ed Carpenter and that the team would race under a new banner, Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing. With the addition of Ed’s experience and mentorship, Josef would begin to show his true talents behind the wheel of an INDYCAR. He would kick-off the season with a 12th place finish at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the team would continue to build on this momentum each weekend. During the fourth race weekend of the 2015 season, Josef earned his first IndyCar Series victory at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He would move from his 5th place starting position to 2nd of the first lap of the race, and lead the most laps enroute to his 2.2-second win. Later that same year, he would take home another win at the Honda Indy Toronto. Josef would finish the season 7th in the standings, a personal best in IndyCar.
The start of the 2016 season would see Sarah Fisher announce that she was no longer participating in the IndyCar Series. The team and Josef would transition to race under the reformed Ed Carpenter Racing. Newgarden showed strength early in 2016 with a podium at the 2016 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He would narrowly miss a pole position at the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and would start in the middle of the front row. He finished the 100th running of the Indy 500 in a strong 3rd place. At the 2016 Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Josef was involved in a major incident with Conor Daly where he would break both his hand and clavicle. Remarkably, he returned to the car two weeks later, working his way to a top 10 spot at the 2016 Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. Only 28 days after his crash at Texas, Newgarden would put on a spectacular show at Iowa Speedway, leading 282 of 300 laps and taking the win. A remarkable achievement with a broken hand and shoulder. At IndyCar’s return to Watkins Glen International, the 2016 Grand Prix at the Glen, Newgarden claimed another podium, finishing 2nd. After a 6th place finish at the 2016 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, he finished the season in 4th place overall in the season standings.