Newgarden Made It Look Simple At Barber Motorsports Park

Josef Newgarden

Track:                  Barber Motorsports Park

Race:                   Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Date:                   April 23, 2018

No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 1st (3rd-career INDYCAR pole)

Finish: 1st (9th-career INDYCAR win)

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 82/82

Laps Led: 73

Points Standings (ahead of second): 1st (+13)


  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet began the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park on the pole, his third-career INDYCAR pole.
  • The race ran over the course of two days due to rain postponing the Sunday afternoon race event to be completed Monday afternoon.
  • Even though there were numerous red and yellow flags and a mixture of weather, Newgarden proved to be consistent and strong, at one point leading by over 25 seconds.
  • Newgarden led an impressive 73 out of 82 laps. Only one other driver paced the field over the course of two days.
  • With just 14 minutes remaining in the race, Tim Cindric called the No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet to the pits for fuel and rain tires after the light rain again began to fall.
  • This marked Josef Newgarden’s third-career win at Barber Motorsports Park. It was his second win of the season.
  • The Tennessee-born driver takes the Verizon IndyCar Series points lead back from Alexander Rossi. He leads by 13 points.
  • His win at the Alabama road course marks Team Penske’s 199 INDYCAR win heading into the Month of May at Indianapolis.

Quote:  “That was more eventful than I would have liked. But everybody did a great job. How about Team Chevy today – they gave us a great engine, good fuel mileage, and good reliability, and that’s what we needed to win this race. It’s great having Hitachi – we got Verizon a victory, now we got Hitachi a victory, so thank you guys. Everyone at Team Penske did a great job, but like I said, that was more eventful than I wanted it. It would seem like smooth sailing, for the most part, we didn’t have any yellows, which we were hoping no yellows today, but then the rain crept in. I couldn’t believe how long everyone stayed out. It was really risky what they were doing, but I understand why there were doing it. I’m glad we made the call to come in so soon.”


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