Team Penske’s NTT IndyCar Series championship leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet goes into today’s season ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with his own destiny in his hands.
The Tennessee native who starts the 90 lap race from fourth place and just has to finish in fourth in order to win the championship for a second time however Newgarden won’t want to do that but instead he will want to win the championship by heading to victory lane at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Newgarden has taken four wins this season with victories at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race one, the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway and the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.
Newgarden has seven podium finishes so far this season and also has scored two NTT P1 Awards. Speaking following qualifying Newgarden said:
Yeah, I mean, in our situation it’s a good thing to be close to the competition, specifically the ones in the championship. Yeah, we’ve got to have a good clean run tomorrow. You’d like to win every race and maybe we’ve got a race-winning car tomorrow. It certainly feels like we have the capability of it. But we need to have a good clean day, try and not get caught up in anything, and just run our race like we normally would. I think that’s what we’ll try and focus on.”