One of North America’s top rising talents, at just 28 years old, Josef Newgarden has already solidified himself with an IndyCar championship. The Tennessee native worked his way through the karting ranks before moving into single-seater action and eventually into a full-time IndyCar ride in 2012. An opportunity with the legendary Team Penske came about in 2017 and the combination of Newgarden and Penske immediately found success, taking the title in year one together.
Joining the racing game relatively late, Newgarden started at 13 years old, but by the time he turned 15, he was already a back-to-back Junior TAG Karting World Champion. In 2008, he finished second in the Skip Barber National Championship and won the prestigious Team USA Scholarship.
Newgarden became the first American to win the Formula Ford Festival and his success led to a two-year trip to Europe, where he competed in Formula Palmer Audi, British Formula Ford and the GP3 Series, a feeder-division to Formula One. In 2011, Newgarden returned to his native land and went to work in Indy Lights, driving a Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry to the championship with five victories under his belt.
The 2012 season brought a new challenge to the Tennessee native as he earned a full-time ride in the NTT IndyCar Series. Newgarden spent three seasons under the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing banner before moving to CFH Racing in 2015, a transition that started the next chapter of Newgarden’s booming career.
He won his first-career IndyCar race at the Grand Prix of Alabama in 2015 and followed that up later in the season with another triumph at Toronto. In 2016, he joined Ed Carpenter Racing and earned a career-best points finish of fourth.
Joining the iconic Team Penske organization, the 2017 season marked a career year for Newgarden. In 17 races, he piloted the Chevrolet No. 2 to four victories and nine podiums en route to winning the 2017 IndyCar championship.
Another successful season followed in 2018 with a three-win campaign and a fifth-place points finish. Newgarden returns to the Team Penske No. 2 in 2019 with his eyes set on a second-career IndyCar championship.