Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet will start today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from pole position having secured his first Verizon P1 Award of the season.

It was the Tennessee native’s first Verizon P1 Award with Hitachi as his primary sponsor. Speaking about his run in qualifying, Newgarden commented by saying:

I think whenever you get the pole it’s a good day. “It shows the speed of the car, it shows the work that everyone at Team Penske has put in.

“We all win together. (Power) could have easily had the pole. All three of us work so well together at Team Penske trying to make these cars fast.”

Newgarden has now closed the gap to leader Alexander Rossi to 22 points.

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