Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Josef Newgarden has played down the significance of the advantageous position he holds. The 2017 season has been extremely entertaining and with just four races remaining in the championship, Newgarden is seven points clear of team mate Helio Castroneves.

Newgarden moved from Ed Carpenter Racing ahead of the 2017 season and made an instant impact having taken over the No.2 Chevrolet from Juan Pablo Montoya.

In only his third race of the season, the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, Newgarden driving the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kids Chevrolet took his first win of the year. The Tennessee native took victory in Toronto last month and followed this up with victory last weekend at the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course in Lexington Ohio.

Newgarden said it was great to take over the lead of the championship but with more racing to go this season he doesn’t pay attention to it.

The next race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono raceway at the end of the month.

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