At first, Josef was known as a driver who was always Top 5 on the speed charts, but would find trouble on race day. Even though this isn’t uncommon, with the strict testing restrictions on teams and very little opportunity to get behind the wheel, big teams were hesitant to give the Tennessee native a chance. Recently though, Newgarden has dominated races and brought the car home in one piece, attracting offers and opportunities by many of the great teams across IndyCar in the offseason.
Signing with Team Penske, arguably the best team in the sport, Newgarden is an obvious championship contender. Outside of a Simon Pagenaud 2015 season, Josef, if he can handle the pressure of driving for The Captain, will be an Indianapolis 500 favorite and an Astor Cup favorite.