Ed Carpenter Racing confirmed on Thursday morning that Josef Newgarden will not be returning to the team in 2017 to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

In a statement released on Thursday team owner, Ed Carpenter said:

While it’s disappointing that Josef will not be returning, it’s also not a total surprise after all of the speculation the past few weeks, I wish Josef the best in his future endeavors, but also remain focused on ECR’s continued success. We are positioned well moving into 2017 and I have total confidence that we will continue to deliver the high level of performance we expect as a team.

Newgarden ended the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series in fourth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings behind the Penske trio of Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

Newgarden also took one victory at the Iowa Corn 300 despite racing with a fractured clavicle and wrist.

 

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