IndyCar Series drivers Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter Reay have been confirmed for Team USA at this years Race of Champions which takes place in Mexico City on January 19/20.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden who is the most recent American IndyCar Series champion commented saying:
I’ve always been a big fan of the Race Of Champions. It’s incredible to get to join the event and go head-to-head with so many talented drivers from all forms of motorsport. It’s a friendly environment but it quickly turns very competitive as everyone wants to win. I’m also very excxited to be driving for Team USA alongside Ryan Hunter-Reay. There aren’t that many American IndyCar Series Champions around so we’ll stick together and hope we can be successful!
“Experience is a big advantage at the Race Of Champions so I’m pumped to be competing for the second year in a row. But there’s also a strong class of rookies this year and they often end up doing well because they don’t come in with high expectations. The key is to be able to adapt quickly. There are so many different driving styles required across the cars in the competition. Whoever’s the best at acclimating to each car the quickest will have the best chance at a win…”
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay who won the IndyCar Series championship in 2012 and the 2014 Indianapolis 500 commented on the news saying:
I’m delighted to be making my sixth straight appearance at the Race Of Champions. It is a spectacular event and a unique challenge to jump in and out of all the different cars as you go head-to-head with some of the best drivers in the world. So it is a tremendous honour to be invited to compete again. I’m proud to represent America, IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500 and I look forward to hearing the noise of the crowds in Mexico City, where the passion for motorsport is huge.”
The 2019 IndyCar Series season gets underway with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from March 10-12.