Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden heads into this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto not only as defending race winner here but also as the most recent race winner having completely dominated last weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 having led 282/300 laps.
This weekend however is a different kettle of fish as the team go to a circuit where they have won before but the circuit is a temporary facility and is very bumpy which has affected Josef’s wrist as he continues his recovery from his fractured wrist.
Spencer Pigot is back in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet this weekend and Newgarden told Paddock Eye that as Pigot has won on the streets of Toronto twice before in Indy Lights he could be tough to beat this weekend but that the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services crew will do their best to do just that.
Newgarden went on to say that the pair work closely together where it comes the circuit and if one of them is having problems in one part of the circuit they share information to improve their performance on track as team.
When it comes to the rest of the season Newgarden is hoping that the team have a strong race this weekend coming off the back of victory in Iowa which gives them momentum and given the fact that he is the defending race winner.
The American believes that the team are in the hunt for the championship and he is confident that the they can stay in the mix right up until the end of the season, however when it comes to challenging for the win this weekend Newgarden knows it could be tough as there are a number of drivers who are like himself strong around here such as reigning series champion Scott Dixon.