Driver – #67
After capturing the 2011 Indy Lights championship, Josef Newgarden joined Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012 and will return to CFH Racing in the No. 67 car for 2015. The 2014 season was a successful one for the Tennessee native, who secured front row starts at Texas, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Auto Club Speedway.
He also finished the race at Iowa Speedway on the podium, driving up to second place after running as low as 21st. Now 24, Newgarden started racing only at age 13 where he began in a kart at New Castle Motorsports Park.
Birthdate: December 22, 1990
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Maritial Status: Single
Top 5 Finishes: 6
Top 10 Finishes: 14
Laps Led: 21
First Start: St. Petersburg (3/25/12)
Best Finish: 2nd (Baltimore, 9/1/13 and Iowa, 7/12/14)
Best Start: 2nd (Texas, 7/7/14; Mid-Ohio, 8/3/14; Sonoma, 8/24/14)
Despite getting a relatively late start in motorsports at age 13, Newgarden never missed a beat. Less than four years after leaving the pit lane at New Castle Motorsports Park for the first time, he had already captured three karting championships: the 2005 and 2006 Junior Tag Karting World Championships and the Kart Racers of America TAG class in 2007.
Newgarden made the move to open wheel racecars in 2008. After finishing second in the Skip Barber National Championship with five wins, nine podiums and eight pole positions the next year, he was awarded the Team USA Scholarship. As part of the program, Newgarden was given the opportunity to compete in the Kent class of Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. The trip to England was well worth it as he became the first American to win in the 36-year history of the event.
The victory came with the recognition he needed to continue up the racing ladder. Newgarden continued to race in Europe for the next two years. In 2009, he competed in not one, but two series. He was runner-up in the British Formula Ford Championship with nine wins, 16 podiums and four pole positions in 25 races, netting him Rookie of the Year honors. Newgarden also raced in the more advanced and powerful Formula Palmer Audi cars, winning two of the three races in the series.
The FIA GP3 Series was the next stop for Newgarden. GP3 was only two steps away from Formula One and he found himself in the midst of the most talented young Formula car drivers from around the world. Despite several mechanical issues, he was still able to earn five top-10 finishes and one pole position during the 16 race season.
When 2011 came around, Newgarden returned to the United States to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series with the reigning championship-winning team, Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Newgarden continued that trend as he too captured the Indy Lights championship with ten podiums, including five wins. One win was the series’ marquee event, the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Proving the Mazda Road to Indy works, Newgarden’s Indy Lights championship propelled him to the top tier of North American open wheel racing, the Verizon IndyCar Series. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing signed the rookie and he did not disappoint, starting on the front row at Long Beach in just his third start. He spent three of six Indianapolis 500 practice days at the top of the pylon and followed that up by qualifying seventh, making him the fastest rookie in the field.
Throughout the 2012 season, Newgarden set the fastest race lap in three different events.
Newgarden’s sophomore season brought even more success. He earned his first podium finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series at the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore, after qualifying in the Firestone Fast 6 for the first time in his career. Three other top-five finishes highlighted the season, including a drive from 25th to 5th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continued, as he was the fastest driver for his engine manufacturer on four practice days. By the end of the season, Newgarden had another seven top-10 finishes to add to his resume.
The 2014 season saw Newgarden become one of the best qualifiers in the Verizon IndyCar Series, earning seven top-five starts, one of which was an 8th place start at the Indianapolis 500. At Texas Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, and Auto Club Speedway, Newgarden secured front row starts. His race results also continued to improve as he captured another seven top-10 finishes. His first podium finish on an oval came at Iowa Speedway after driving from 21st to finish second.
Newgarden will continue with CFH Racing for the 2015 season. The team was formed in August of 2014 by the integration of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing.
Verizon IndyCar Series Career History
– Will drive the No. 67 for CFH Racing in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series
– Earned seven top-five starts, including front-row starting positions at Texas, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma, and Auto Club
– Participated in the Fast Nine Shootout during Indianapolis 500 qualifying, securing an eighth place starting position
– Captured first oval podium at Iowa Speedway after driving from 21st to second
– Placed in the top 10 at seven different venues
– Finished 13th in the IndyCar Series standings for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
– Earned first IndyCar Series podium in Baltimore, finishing 2nd
– Finished 5th in Sao Paulo, Brazil, after starting 25th
– Secured Top 5 finishes at Pocono Raceway and in Houston
– Finished in the Top 10 in seven races including Barber Motorsports Park, Belle Isle, Detroit, and Texas Motor Speedway
– Fastest Honda driver on 4 practice days at Indianapolis
– Qualified 5th in Baltimore, 7th at Texas Motor Speedway, and 8th in Milwaukee
– Finished 14th in the IndyCar Series standings for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
– Started on the front row at Long Beach in only his third IndyCar race
– Fastest in practice for Indianapolis 500 on 3 of 6 practice days; qualified 7th for the race; top rookie and top Honda-powered qualifier
– Fastest Race Lap 3 times – tied for most in series with Will Power
– Finished 23rd in the IndyCar Series standings for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
PREVIOUS RACING HISTORY
2011: Won the Indy Lights championship for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with five victories
2010: Finished 18th in GP3 for Carlin Motorsport
2009: Finished second in the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain with JTR with nine wins, claimed two wins in three Formula Palmer, competed in Formula Ford Festival
2008: Finished second in the Skip Barber National Series for Racer of Tomorrow LTD, awarded the Team USA Scholarship, won the Kent Class at International Formula Ford Festival
2007: Finished sixth in the Skip Barber National Series for Racer of Tomorrow LTD, finished second in Skip Barber Southern Regional Series
Early Career: Began racing at age 13 at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana and won numerous races and national karting titles from 2006 through 2008.
As a spokesperson for the nonprofit organization, Outrun the Sun, Josef is speaking out about the importance of sun safety and skin cancer prevention among race fans. “I’ve heard many stories about people leaving the track really scorched after sitting in the stands all day,” Josef says. “I’m glad to be part of this program that encourages race fans to protect their skin. I have a friend who is a melanoma survivor and I can tell you that it is much easier to prevent this disease than it is to treat it. No sunburn, or tan, is worth the risk of getting skin cancer.”
As part of a new sun safety initiative between Outrun the Sun and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), Josef was featured in print, radio and video public service announcements at IMS during the month of May, National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness month. Outrun the Sun also distributed 30,000 ultraviolet wristbands and sunscreen to fans entering the gates this year’s Indianapolis 500.
“We take the safety of our fans seriously and sun protection plays a vital role in keeping them safe and comfortable,” notes J. Douglas Boles, IMS President. “We want race fans to have the best experience possible while they’re at the track and we’re pleased to partner with Outrun the Sun to lessen fans’ risk for sunburn.”
Outrun the Sun, Inc. is dedicated to building national awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers, educating communities about preventive measures that reduce melanoma’s incidence rate, and to raising funds for melanoma research, leading to effective treatments and a potential cure. You can watch for Josef at upcoming Outrun the Sun events and also in future sun safety promotions!
For more information about skin cancer prevention, please visit www.outrunthesun.org.