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Newgarden set for first Baltimore Indy start this weekend

Aug 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Luca Luhr AP

A year ago, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing driver Josef Newgarden was forced to miss the Grand Prix of Baltimore due to a broken left index finger.

Now back and with a chance to race in the No. 67 SFHR Honda this weekend, he wants to break his recent string of poor luck. Gearbox (Sonoma), mechanical (Mid-Ohio) and a sensor malfunction (Toronto Race 1) have struck the car just in the last three race weekends.

“It’s very important to do well and finish these last four races strong,” Newgarden said. “It’s been difficult these last couple of weekends, but we will be on top of our stuff and if everything goes according to plan we should have a fast race car and be ready to get solid points for the rest of the year.”

Newgarden described some of the challenges he’ll face on the street circuit, where he finished second in Indy Lights in 2011 in his only prior Baltimore start.

“Baltimore is generally the bumpiest street circuit we go to all year, which brings its own challenges with trying to make the car work around there,” he said. “The curves and the front straightaways are just very bumpy and you can get airborne with the car.

His SFHR teammate from Sonoma, Lucas Luhr (pictured leading), is back in his normal environment of his Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c in the American Le Mans Series. Luhr’s IndyCar debut was halted with a late-race engine fire.

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