Roger Penske has confirmed that now that Josef Newgarden is a free agent he would be a great fit for his team for 2017.
Newgarden who ended the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season in fourth place in the championship confirmed last week that he has left Ed Carpenter Racing and has yet to announce his plans for 2017 with it widely expected that the Tennessee native will replace Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske next year.
Speaking to USA Today at a NASCAR event at Dover International Raceway over the weekend, Penske confirmed that some talks have been held with Newgarden’s representatives but he has yet to sit down with the American.
However, Penske has refused to close the door on the possibility of Juan Pablo Montoya remaining with the team confirming that they have spoken about 2017 but that Penske is unsure of the Colombian’s plans for next season.
The testing window for the 2017 pre-season period opened today and with that in mind teams like Penske will be keen to get their line-up’s finalized as soon as possible.