Apr 13, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT
Josef Newgarden and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing will receive associate backing for the Indianapolis 500 from the Indiana city of New Castle (44 miles east of Indianapolis), which raised sponsorship funding through private investors.
Newgarden raced go-karts early in his career in New Castle, which is home to New Castle Motorsports Park, one of the top karting facilities in the country.
“I learned my race craft at NCMP and go back there every year I can for the Robopong 200 kart race,” Newgarden said in a team statement. “It will mean a lot to me to carry a decal of the city where I started my racing career on my livery at the Indianapolis 500.”
“With help from private investors in New Castle, this has become a reality for our community,” said New Castle mayor Greg York. “This will allow us to promote New Castle on the largest advertising stage in the world.”
For the “500,” Newgarden’s car will change numbers from its regular No. 67 to No. 21 for the team’s Indy-only primary sponsor, Century 21. The decision to change numbers has proven fruitful in the not-too-distant past, as Dario Franchitti won last year’s “500” after flipping from his regular No. 10 to No. 50 for the race in honor of Target’s 50th anniversary.
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