SFHR and sophomore driver Josef Newgarden look to continue making strides toward a podium finish.
MILWAUKEE - With eight races complete and 11 remaining on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) is on the rise.
The Indianapolis-based team crossed the checkered flag at all but one race this season and landed a top-10 spot on four occasions, including an eighth place finish in last weekend's Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.
After a drive on Texas Motor Speedway's high-banked oval a few short days ago, it will take some adjusting to the very low banking on the historic 1-mile oval in Milwaukee.
"I like Milwaukee because it is the only 1-mile flat oval that we go to," Newgarden said. "It's almost like a road course with two very fast corners. You have full downforce and that dynamic of a 1-mile oval with no banking is really cool."
In 2012, Newgarden fell out of the Milwaukee Mile early due to a fuel pressure problem that was out of his control.
"Last year we had one of the strongest cars out there and we just ended up encountering an issue," Newgarden reflected. "The tough thing is that we didn't even really get to run the race."
The 22-year-old said he still took lessons away from his rookie debut at one of the oldest operating speedways in the world.
"It would have been nice to learn more in the race last year, but there's some things I learned in qualifying," Newgarden said. "It's tricky in Milwaukee to go flat but it's also really crucial that you do go flat when you qualify, so that's something I'm going to apply this year."
Qualifying begins at 5:15 p.m. ET on Friday, June 14 and the green flag will drop for the 100-lap race at 4:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 15. SFHR fans can catch a ride to Milwaukee on the IndyFest Express from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on either Friday or Saturday morning.
"I think [the IndyFest Express] is great because there's a lot of fans in Indy that love Milwaukee and love this race," Newgarden said. "This gives them an opportunity to come up on a bus, enjoy the race and come back to Indy and I think it's awesome that we have that opportunity open for fans."