Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden was left disappointed with how the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg went for him.
Driving the No.21 Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka Chevrolet, the American qualified in 12th place but started the race from 11th after pole sitter Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was forced to pull out of the race.
Newgarden made contact with another car going into Turn 1 as the green flag for the start of the race waved meaning that he had to pit to change his front wing, he rejoined the race in 20th place having topped up on fuel and changing his Firestone Firehawks.
Just before his third stop of the day, Newgarden reported on the radio that there was spluttering coming from the car and entered pit-road while Chevrolet engineers and ECR personnel worked on the car to diagnose the problem.
Newgarden was classified in 22nd place but was forced to retire from the race with an electrical issue. Speaking following the event he stated:
We didn’t have the start we wanted. We were playing the catch up game right from the beginning, but I felt confident in what we could do to catch up and make a good day out of it. Instead, we ran into an electrical glitch and it ended up putting us out for the day. It’s a shame, we brought a first class effort with the Fuzzy’s crew, but it just wasn’t our day. You’re going to have bumps in the road and this was one of those bumps; we just have to try to minimize how many of these we have a year. Now we have bounce back and focus on Phoenix.