Interview

Confident Josef Newgarden Carries Points Lead into Toronto

Following a strong start to the NTT IndyCar Series season, Josef Newgarden enters this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto as the points leader.

“I’m excited to get up there,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “It’s a great event for the IndyCar series. I look forward to going up there and that atmosphere. So I look forward to it each year with seeing the fans.”

A past winner of the event, the Team Penske driver says the toughest part of the street circuit is the concrete patches in the apex of the corners, compared to the usual asphalt.

“Normally you turn into the corner and that transition between surfaces changed the trip level of the car,” he commented. “So that’s the challenge.”

Newgarden will enter the lone event north of the border confident following a pair of back-to-back podium finishes, including winning at Texas Motor Speedway. He also showed speed earlier this year on the Detroit street circuit with a victory.

“It’s been a pretty good year for the most part with consistency,” he said. “The guys have done a great job with stellar pit stops. If we can carry that into the rest of the year that’d be great.”

Now heading into the second half of the year, he feels that they need to improve their road course program. Statistically, the Californian has shown speed on those events, with three podiums in the four events to date.

“The team has done a good job working on a street course program and we’ve shown to have a good superspeedway program in (Simon Pagenaud) winning the Indy 500,” he said. “So if we can work on our road course program, everything will be on tap.”

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