Josef Newgarden is one of North America’s top rising young racing talents, now in his third season in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
Newgarden started racing relatively late, at age 13, but by 2006 at age 15 he already had back-to-back Junior TAG Karting World Championships under his belt. A further championship followed in the Kart Racers of America TAG Class in 2007, before a breakout season in 2008.
In 2008, the Nashville, Tenn. native finished second in the Skip Barber National Championship and won the prestigious Team USA Scholarship. After securing the scholarship, Newgarden became the first American to win the Formula Ford Festival in Brands Hatch.
That initial success led to a two-year trip to Europe, where Newgarden raced in the Formula Palmer Audi and British Formula Ford championships. He graduated to the FIA GP3 Series in 2010, with five top-10 finishes and one pole position.
Newgarden returned to fly the flag in his native country in 2011 and starred in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. He won five races including the series’ marquee event, the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, en route to securing the series championship and a promotion to IndyCar for 2012.
With Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Newgarden was the top Honda qualifier and fastest rookie for his Indianapolis 500 debut in seventh place, started on the front row in his third ever race at Long Beach, and set three fastest laps, tied for most in the championship. He recorded his best finish of the year in his first start, 11th-place on the streets of St. Petersburg.