Josef Newgarden was back in action with Team Penske at Gateway Motorsports Park on Thursday conducting a Firestone tire test.
Wearing Simon Pagneaud’s overalls and driving Helio Castroneves’ No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet, Newgarden, who tested on Monday for the first time with Penske on Monday in the No.22 Chevrolet at Road America joined fellow Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal and Sebastien Bourdais at the test.
Newgarden’s old team boss Ed Carpenter joked:
I can’t believe Penske doesn’t have a suit for you yet! “I would’ve had one ready for you.
Newgarden has a new engineer with Brian Campe working with the Tennessee native. Newgarden commented by saying:
The best initiation you can get is just getting going as quickly as possible and try and start that gelling process between everyone, Everyone’s very supportive, we’ve got a great group of people that I think work really well together. I’ve been busy but I’ve had a ton of fun. What’s been surprising is how quickly we were able to go testing, how quickly we’ve dived into figuring out what we need for race weekends, what we need to win races, trying to understand the relationship between me and Brian.
Newgarden was confirmed as Juan Pablo Montoya’s replacement at Team Penske last week. The American went on to say:
It’s kind of surprised me how quick it’s all happened, but it doesn’t seem to be rushed.
Speaking about the circuit at Gateway Motorsports Park which returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2017, Newgarden commented by saying:
This track’s fun; it’s definitely different. “I think it’s got a little bit of everything. It feels a little like Milwaukee in areas, it feels a little bit like Phoenix with the different shapes between (Turns) 1-2 and 3-4, which is unique. And I love short ovals, so the more short ovals we can add, the better I feel.