Biography

Josef Newgarden has won 11 races and two IndyCar Series championships (2017 and 2019) in just three years with Team Penske and he plans to continue building on his already impressive career in 2020. In addition, the 28-year-old American driver has recorded more wins than any driver in the IndyCar Series (11) since 2017 and he has produced top-five finishes in the championship standings for three consecutive seasons.

Newgarden captured the series title in his first year with Team Penske behind four wins and nine podium finishes in 2017. In 2019, Newgarden produced four victories and seven podium finishes as he claimed his second series crown. Over the course of his eight career IndyCar Series seasons, the driver of the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet has earned 14 victories, eight pole positions and 29 podium finishes.

The 2019 season proved to be one of the best seasons of Newgarden’s career. With race wins at St. Petersburg, Belle Isle, Texas and Iowa and pole-winning efforts at Pocono and Gateway, the native Tennessean brought home Team Penske’s 16th IndyCar Series championship and the team’s 35th overall title. His most impressive win of the year came at Iowa where he led 245 of 300 laps for his second dominant career victory at the track. With two titles over the last three seasons, Newgarden has established himself as one of the true stars of motorsports – both on and off the track.

Newgarden began his racing career when he was 13 years-old at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park where he won numerous karting titles between 2006-2008. After racing in Europe for a few years, he returned to the United States in 2011 and captured the Indy Lights Series championship for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, as he posted five wins and 10 podium finishes in 14 starts. The performance earned Newgarden an opportunity at Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for the 2012 IndyCar Series season.