Newgarden eager to finally secure top Long Beach result


Josef Newgarden is eager to finally get the result he feels he deserves at this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after having strong performances during the last few years only to see the chances of a top result falter.

Newgarden has shown good pace in his previous visits to the legendary street circuit but only has a best finish of seventh achieved last season to show for it, but for misfortune he should have at least had one podium visit, especially back in 2014 when he was eliminated in a multi-car crash triggered by Ryan Hunter-Reay while running in the front group for Sarah Fisher Racing.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver is looking to change that statistic this weekend and give ECR a good result to back up his sixth place finish last time out at the Phoenix International Raceway.

“I can’t wait to get to Long Beach!” expressed Newgarden. “It’s one of the most exciting events of the year. As a street course, it’s very thrilling and it has an amazing atmosphere.

“It’s definitely one of the tracks I feel like we’ve always been fast at, just not quite able to seal the deal from a results standpoint. The last couple of years we’ve been close, fighting within the top five but not able to get to the podium.

“Hopefully we can turn that around this year with the Fuzzy’s car and get on to the podium or even to victory lane!”