NTT IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet for Team Penske says that the championship is his to lose as the series prepares for the Portland Grand Prix at Portland International Raceway which takes place today.

The Tennessee native who goes into the event 38 points ahead of his team mate Simon Pagenaud starts the event on from 13th place and speaking ahead of the race he said:

“I would say it is (mine to lose) because we’re in such a favorable position. “I don’t think it’s a secure position, but it is a favorable one.”

Newgarden will have it all to do today as he attempts to make his way to the front of the field in the race. Speaking following qualifying for today’s race, the Team Penske driver said:

I knew it was going to be tough, “You just can’t make a mistake, and I made a couple of them there. I got wide on the curb coming off (Turn) 7 and probably dropped a tenth (of a second) on one lap and dropped another tenth on the final corner on the next.

“It was going to be close and you just can’t afford (to lose) a tenth. That’s Portland. That’s how it was last year; I knew it was going to be the same this year.”

Newgarden has four wins so far this season heading into the race in Portland today.

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