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Perhaps Josef Newgarden’s best IndyCar weekend yet ends in frustration

Apr 14, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – For once, it looked like the stars were aligning for the punch-above-their-weight Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team and its driver, the talented 23-year-old Josef Newgarden.

The third year Verizon IndyCar Series driver was on pace for potentially his first series win, or a near certain podium finish, Sunday in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. But, as has been written elsewhere here on MotorSportsTalk in the last 24 hours, it went begging after contact from Ryan Hunter-Reay at an abnormal spot to pass on the circuit, the tight right-handed Turn 4.

Here’s Newgarden’s interview to NBCSN in case you missed it:

Still, here’s what makes Newgarden such a boss. He has the joie de vivre of a 12-year-old and the maturity level of someone three times that when it comes to proper perspective on the situation.

Just check out these two tweets.

You really can’t be any classier than that. And that’s coming after one of his best ever weekends in IndyCar.

A career-best qualifying effort of fourth on Saturday came after he and the SFHR team bounced back from a slight incident in first practice. Then his race Sunday was a methodical run in the top five, culminating with the team’s final pit stop that got him out ahead of Hunter-Reay for the final stint.

I’ve written this before, but his time will come. And probably sooner rather than later.

  1. irishrugby990 - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Can’t wait for that day to come. I’ve been saying since Josef broke into the top flight three years ago that he will be the next great American open wheel driver. Sunday further proved that for me. To qualify well, hang in the front, and get a dynamite pit stop-all while racing for (let’s be honest) a second-rung team-shows just how much raw talent this kid has. I really do hope that first win comes for him this season; he Sarah Fisher, Wink Hartman, and everyone involved with the team absolutely deserve it.

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