Josef Newgarden aims to be competitive in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season from the very first race, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in March and says that he does not foresee himself going through a slump like the way defending series champion Simon Pagenaud did when he moved from Schimdt Peterson Motorsports to Team Penske in 2015.

Newgarden replaced Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Chevrolet at Team Penske for the 2017 season joining Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power in the Captain’s stable following an impressive 2016 season with Ed Carpenter Racing.

Newgarden finished 2016 in fourth place in the series points standings with one victory to his name which came in Iowa.

Newgarden replaces the new champion of champions Juan Pablo Montoya who will return to Team Penske for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.

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