WATKINS GLEN, NY – Want to know what Josef Newgarden is such a hot commodity as a free agent? Look at today’s race at Watkins Glen as a prime example. Newgarden, still has a broken clavicle and right hand, but despite Watkins Glen being one of the most physical tracks on the schedule, he still came home second on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the upstate New York track.
That’s even after a violent practice crash on Saturday morning too.
Newgarden though, hasn’t flinched, as he moved into fifth in the championship standings with just one race to go in the season. His runner-up finish was his 10th podium of his career, four of which came in 2016.
But, what’s remarkable is that Newgarden has five top 10’s in six attempts since his scary crash at Texas back in June and has done so at some of the most physical tracks on the circuit.
That’s why Newgarden is a future champion in this sport. He’s the real deal and today showed that.
Unfortunately, he was eliminated from championship contention today, but he will be back in 2017 no matter who he’s driving for.