FORT WORTH, TX – The car may be cool, in fact, it may be the coolest looking paint scheme at here this weekend, but Josef Newgarden may be hotter. The Ed Carpenter Racing driver was third quickest in the morning practice session from the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, but then backed that up with qualifying his No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet fifth for Saturday night’s Firestone 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/IMS Radio Network).
Newgarden, has a very good car under him this weekend as he’s going to be a favorite to win tomorrow night’s 248 Lap race.
This shouldn’t come a surprise though, as the American driver has been very good on ovals so far this season. He started seventh and finished sixth at Phoenix back in April, then backed that up with starting second and finishing third at Indy two weeks ago.
So, to have a fast car this weekend at the third oval of the year isn’t shocking whatsoever.
In fact, Newgarden has two top four finishes in his last three races entering this weekend, as well as three of those finishes in his last five starts on the season. He has five top 10’s in eight races this year which has propelled him to fourth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings so far.
So, if you’re looking for a driver to challenge the Andretti or Ganassi cars under the lights this weekend, Newgarden is your guy.
This could be a stellar opportunity for him to make some more noise in the standings.