Newgarden, SFHR Set Sights on ABC Supply Wisconsin 250
The final three-week stretch of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season is fast approaching, and Josef Newgarden of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) is focused on finishing his third year in the prestigious open-wheel series on a strong note – beginning with the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Sunday, Aug. 17.
Newgarden, 23, and SFHR continue to show their capability and potential among the IndyCar field, including a front-row qualifying spot and strong performance Aug. 3 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where the finish did not reflect the team’s speed.
“It’s always nice to get back in the car, and after Mid-Ohio there’s a good performance to be had from us as a group,” Newgarden said. “We’ve been working hard all year to try and make things happen. We’re right there, and we definitely have the potential to have a good end of the year for these last three weekends. I think Milwaukee is one of those places where we have a good chance of doing well.”
Newgarden finds the Milwaukee Mile’s historic 1-mile flat oval challenging yet enjoyable.
“It’s a very physical place because there’s no banking, so you get a lot of loading in the front of the car,” he said. “It’s not quite as physical as Iowa, but it’s still very difficult and similar in some respects to Iowa. It’s pretty much flat out in qualifying: If you want to get the pole, you need to be flat on the throttle.
“In the race it’s about managing tires, and it’s fun because if you do a good job of keeping your car open to running the low and middle lines, I think you have a better chance of staying up front or getting to the front.”
Direct Supply, a Milwaukee-based company that has supported the team since 2008, will be the primary sponsor on Newgarden’s No. 67 car this weekend. Direct Supply is the nation’s leading provider of equipment, eCommerce and service solutions to the Senior Living profession.
“Direct Supply is a big promoter of the whole SFHR team,” Newgarden said. “They really have been behind them for many years and have supported the whole group. It’s always nice in Milwaukee because it’s their home race and their home track. There’s always a little more sentiment to do well, and for us, we always want to try and have a good weekend.”
To watch Newgarden race to the checkered flag in the No. 67 Direct Supply car, tune into NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 17, or listen to IMS Radio Network on channels XM 209 and Sirius 213.
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