Former Red Bull Racing engineer Gavin Ward is transitioning well in his new role at Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series working with defending series champion Josef Newgarden.
Ward who later this season will become Newgarden’s race engineer said:
I’m really enjoying the atmosphere at the team. It’s exceptionally positive and there’s a real company ethos that’s strong and impressive, and it flows from Mr. Penske down.
Ward has been impressed working alongside Newgarden and finds it interesting to compare the set up of an IndyCar with an F1 car.
“I like working with Josef and so far, I’ve been super impressed. I feel like we both have been enjoying learning from each other about the differences in how F1 and INDYCAR go about setting up their cars. I think any engineer would count themselves very lucky to work with a driver of Josef’s talent and commitment level.
The Canadian will make his oval debut with Newgarden this weekend where the pair will be hoping for a strong performance following a difficult season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg where the defending series champion finished the race in seventh place having started from 13th.
Prior to making the move to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Penske, Ward had been working in the Red Bull Racing design office alongside Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey who has plenty of experience in North American having won two Indianapolis 500’s with March.
Newgarden and Ward face their oval challenge of the season with this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Grand Prix of Phoenix at ISM Raceway.