Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden heads into the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season finale Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway in two weeks time on the verge of winning his second championship.
The Tennessee native has a 41 point lead in the championship over Alexander Rossi in second place.
Here at Paddock Eye we thought we would look at each of the championship contenders starting with Newgarden.
Josef Newgarden began his NTT IndyCar Series career in 2012 when he made his debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg with Sarah Fisher Racing.
His best finish that season was 11th which came in the season opening race.
He scored his first podium in IndyCar with Sarah Fisher in Iowa in 2014 when he came home in second place.
In 2015, Sarah Fisher Racing merged her team with her former driver Ed Carpenter to become Carpenter Fisher Hartmann Racing and in the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park Newgarden took his maiden IndyCar Series win driving the No.67 Chevrolet.
Newgarden took his second race win at the Honda Indy Toronto and finished seventh in the championship.
In 2016, Ed Carpenter took over the team with it becoming Ed Carpenter Racing and in Iowa Newgarden took victory.
In 2017, Newgarden joined Team Penske replacing Juan Pablo Montoya alongside Will Power and Simon Pagenaud and won the championship in his first season with the team, a feat he is hoping to repeat in two weeks time.