Josef Newgarden is bringing IndyCar to the Charlotte road course.
Team Penske has announced that the newly crowned two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion will make an exhibition run at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Friday following Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying. Newgarden will drive his No. 2 Shell/Pennzoil Dallara-Chevrolet Indy car around the 2.28-mile course.
“It’s been a very, very cool opportunity that Shell has provided us,” Newgarden said.
“They really wanted to do something to showcase their involvement with Team Penske and everything that we’ve done together. We had a very, very successful month of May together, as everyone knows. As a team we won the Indianapolis 500, and Shell was a big part of that on my car specifically; we finished in the top five. And that fourth place I think at Indianapolis was a great springboard, and a big helper to our championship run.
“I’ll get to do some quick laps, demoing in their car, which is going to be very, very cool, and it’s just going to be a good showcase for our partnership together with Joey Logano, and I’m quite excited for that. I have not been to that track, so to be able to go there and showcase our partnership is going to be very, very fun.”
The Charlotte road course, or Roval as it is called by some, uses both the oval and infield portion of the speedway. It made its debut on the NASCAR schedule last year. Saturday will be the second race in the Xfinity Series playoffs while Sunday is the first elimination race in the Cup Series playoffs.
Newgarden, who led the IndyCar Series with four wins this season, captured his second title over the weekend with an eighth-place finish in the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. His first title came two years ago.
Also in attendance for the run will be fellow Shell/Pennzoil driver Joey Logano and Team Penske president Tim Cindric.