NEWTON, Iowa – Driving a car largely displayed with Wichita State logos, Josef Newgarden advanced 19 positions and finished second at the Iowa Corn Indy 300 on Saturday.
Newgarden overcame a last row start and a lengthy weather delay to finish ahead of many of the world’s top drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, and Tony Kanaan. Newgarden said afterwards, “It’s really cool obviously, finishing on the podium’s a great job for our whole team, especially after qualifying-we made a bit of an error there. We just did an amazing job tonight. Our team was solid, we had such good pit stops, really good strategy. We kept our head in the game the entire way.”
Driving for Sarah Fisher Hartman racing, Newgarden started in 21st and tied his career-best with a second place finish. One of his car’s primary sponsors is WSU along with multiple local organizations/companies.
Ryan Hunter-Reay surged ahead of the field with two laps to go and wound up winning the race at Iowa Speedway for his first victory since the Indianapolis 500.