Newgarden Fights to Ninth in Florida Lottery Car to Open 2014 Verizon IndyCar Season

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Where to Eat Near the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

NOLA Motorsports Park - Avondale, LA

If you have never been to New Orleans, then this is definitely a place to go! Lots of great food and entertainment that will keep you busy on race weekend. Here are a few places that are a "must-see" on your trip to New Orleans.

The French Quarter

Founded in 1718, the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The whole district has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, with numerous buildings deemed as significant. Some of the attractions in the French Quarter include Jackson Square and Bourbon Street. Named after General Andrew Jackson, Jackson Square is a public-gated park the size of a city-block featuring several local artists, local cafes and live music. Bourbon Street is known for its drinking establishments and numerous restaurants and hotels.

Audubon Zoo

The Audubon Zoo was opened in 1914 and features over 58 acres and has over 2,000 animals. The zoo is home to two rare white alligators with blue eyes.

The National World War II Museum

The National World War II Museum was opened in 2000 and it focuses mainly on the Battle of Normandy from World War II. This museum features a number of different aircraft used during the war that will take about three hours to go through it all.

City Park

City Park is one of the most visited parks in the U.S. every year. Approximately 50% larger than Central Park in New York City, this park is known for its magnifi

Though Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) did not win the jackpot, the Florida Lottery machine helped Josef Newgarden fight through the Streets of St. Petersburg to place ninth after starting last in the 22-car Verizon IndyCar Series field.

SFHR never backed down after struggling in qualifications Saturday evening. Three clean pit stops and spot-on tire strategy helped Newgarden gain 13 positions during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg’s 110-lap temporary street-circuit race.


“Today was a great points day,” Newgarden said. “We started really buried in the field, which was not ideal, but we kept fighting. There are a lot of fighters on this team who never give up. We scored a top-10 finish, which is good points. You have to be scoring in the top-10 every weekend. It’s a great way to start the year.”

After starting the race on black (primary) Firestone tires, SFHR ran its final three stints on red (alternate) tires, two sets of new red tires and one set of scuff red tires.

“We were really strong on the red tires today, and it was a mix-up with who was good on blacks and who was good on reds,” Newgarden said. “Who could save tires well over a stint was important, and it looked like a lot of people struggled to keep pace about 15 or 20 laps into a stint. I think we were able to manage really well and hold on to our tires pretty good. That was our key today: We had good tire management, and hopefully we can carry that forward.”

On a Lap 82 restart, an incident involving Marco Andretti and Jack Hawksworth caused Newgarden to drop to 13th place. But Newgarden, 23, continued to attack and gained four final spots before the checkered flag flew.

“The field got bunched up on the restart, which almost threw me into Justin Wilson. I avoided him and in turn ended up getting slammed into from behind. I got caught in the anti-stall, and we dropped down to 13th and had to work our way back up to ninth. Realistically, I think we were a seventh- or eighth-place car, but ninth is still a great finish starting from 22nd.”

Team Penske’s Will Power won the opening round of Verizon IndyCar Series action, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves, respectively.

Newgarden and SFHR will take the streets at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 14. To keep up with the latest team news before the team heads to California, like Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing on Facebook and follow @SFHRindy on Twitter and Instagram.

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Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

April 12 - 3:00 p.m. ET

NBC & Sirius


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