Newgarden Says Driving The No. 1 Adds Bit More Pressure, But With Penske There’s Always Pressure

INDIANAPOLIS – We always knew that one day Josef Newgarden would be a Verizon IndyCar Series champion. What we didn’t know, was when? We finally found out last September of the “when” factor as the talented American driver was crowned the season champion at Sonoma. Newgarden, 27, was in just his sixth full time season in the series, but his first with Team Penske. His first five years were with Sarah Fisher and/or Ed Carpenter Racing. He had three wins in 83 career starts with SFHR and ECR. In just 17…

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Newgarden Goes Into Depth On How New 2018 INDYCAR Will Improve Racing, Says Battle Between Engines, Not Aero

INDIANAPOLIS – The Verizon IndyCar Series is debuting a new car for the 2018 season. On Tuesday, the series officially unveiled the car to the media and public in Detroit. We have all seen the designs, some testing footage and some feedback, but defending series champion Josef Newgarden went into great detail on how this new car will race and what fans can expect from it. “For us, this is called the universal aero kit, so it’s a new era for us,” Newgarden said on the new car. “This kit is…

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Hitachi To Sponsor Newgarden For 8 Races In 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Team Penske and Hitachi Group today announced an extension of their partnership for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. After a productive five-year relationship working with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske, the familiar Hitachi branding will transition to the No. 1 Dallara/Chevrolet of reigning INDYCAR champion Josef Newgarden for eight races in the 2018 season. Additionally, Hitachi will continue as an associate sponsor on Team Penske’s other Verizon IndyCar Series entries – the Dallara/Chevrolets driven by Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 series champion and Will Power,…

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Josef Newgarden To Drive No. 1 Chevrolet For 2018 INDYCAR Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Team Penske will keep the tradition alive with the defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion driving the No. 1 entry the next season. See, the series reserves the “No. 1” car number each season for the defending series champion from the year before. Simon Pagenaud drove the No. 22 Chevrolet in his championship winning season with Penske in 2016. So, in 2017, the Frenchman donned the No. 1 Chevrolet as a result. On Wednesday, 11/1 (Nov. 1) to be exact, Penske unveiled a funny video as Pagenaud passed the “No.…

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NBCSN Special On Thursday to honor 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Newgarden

When Josef Newgarden became the youngest Indy car champion in more than a decade earlier this month, he accomplished the feat in one of the most competitive Verizon IndyCar Series seasons in memory. Ten different drivers won in the 17-race season, with seven drivers still mathematically alive for the championship heading into the season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Newgarden finished second in the race on Sept. 17 to clinch his first championship, be presented the Astor Challenge Cup and earn the $1 million champion’s prize. Relive the…

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Which Numbers Does Team Penske Use In 2018?

My brain is odd and sometimes I can’t explain it. But, since Josef Newgarden won the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, what does this mean for the rest of Team Penske and their car numbers? Yes, I get that this isn’t a huge newsworthy content, but it is officially the offseason and my brain wanders. Newgarden, will likely don the No. 1 Chevrolet in 2018. After all, that number is reserved for the defending champion in the series if they’d like to use it. The last two Penske champions (Will…

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Main Takeaways From Sunday’s INDYCAR Season Finale at Sonoma

Sonoma, Calif – It’s hard to believe, but the checkered flag has now flown on the 17th and final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season. Simon Pagenaud used great strategy to win Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix at Sonoma, but it wasn’t enough to win the 2017 championship. That distinction went to his Team Penske teammate of Josef Newgarden. With that being said, here are the main takeaways from Sunday’s race.

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