Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Fuzzy’s Vodka/ECR Chevrolet who goes into this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway still in with a shot of finishing the year in third place in the series standings.

Newgarden who finished the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen presented by Hitachi on the podium in second place finished the opening day of track action in 12th place with a fastest time of 01:17.3315s and speaking following the session, Newgarden said:

It was a decent day. I got through a good checklist of items. We need to do a little work but we have a handle on what we need. I’m excited to roll into tomorrow and get another practice in to test couple more theories. If we can qualify like we have the past couple of years we should be sitting pretty well for the race, then we’ll work on the racecar from that point.

Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Samsung/Fuzzy’s Vodka/ECR Chevrolet ended the day in 18th place with a time of 01:17.7248s and speaking following the day of track action he commented by saying:

We definitely made good progress in the second session. There was a lot of traffic and some red flags that interfered with our new tire run so we weren’t able to put a good lap in. The potential is there for us to move up quite a lot. Tomorrow will be a good day as long as we can get come clear running space on-track. The Samsung/Fuzzy’s Vodka guys were doing a great job and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

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