For the first time in his young career, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden returns from the summer break leading the race for the championship.
The Team Penske driver capped off a successful July run with back-to-back victories at Toronto and Mid-Ohio.
Newgarden enters this weekend’s event at Pocono Raceway just seven points ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves. Scott Dixon sits one point behind Castroneves in third.
For Newgarden to build from the momentum he started gaining earlier this season, he will need to stay focused and on top of his game as the series heads into the home stretch.
The 26-year-old isn’t letting the pressure get to him, he feels the Penske crew has given him a strong car, capable getting the job done.
“We’re in a really good spot as a team. We’re really coming together and my team continues to give me a strong #2 Fitzgerald Chevrolet.”
At Pocono, the Tennessee native has performed quite well over the years, with three top-fives in four starts.
“Pocono is a really unique track due to its corners and banking. They aren’t kidding when they call it the ‘Tricky Triangle,’ but we worked a lot on the car during the off weeks and are ready to put on a great show for the fans.”
Will Newgarden remain the championship leader after the ABC Supply 500? Tune into BT Sport ESPN tonight from 7pm BST to find out.