Power says Newgarden was “obvious” choice for Penske

2014 IndyCar champion Will Power has described Josef Newgarden joining Team Penske as “an obvious signing” who will raise the game of all the drivers and the team.

Power says Newgarden was “obvious” choice for Penske
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Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet, Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
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Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

Power, who is testing alongside all three of his teammates at Road America today, said: “To me, [Josef] was an obvious signing.  In the position of a team owner, if you were going to sign someone, that would be the guy.

“He’s experienced now, fast and young so he’s going to be around for quite a while. And he’s good in all disciplines. So he would be at the very top of the list.”

Speaking at a Penske function at Charlotte Speedway, Power said that Newgarden’s most obvious benefits would be his speed and the technical ideas that he’s formulated over the last five years with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and then Ed Carpenter Racing.

“I think the fact that he’s a fast driver gives you immediate data for you to look at if he’s quicker than you in a particular sector,” commented Power. “And he’ll obviously have different ideas and good ideas that came from another team, so he knows in his head what works and what didn’t work.

“It will be another guy in there who will be very efficient with the way he does things, and quick. That always pushes everyone else and lifts the level of their game.”

Power told Reid Spencer of the NASCAR Wire Service: “I haven’t worked with Josef but I get the impression he’s a pretty positive and proactive guy and works well within a team.

“Juan [Montoya, who Newgarden has replaced] had his strengths too. He was a very good racer, and very good on ovals and good at hanging in there.

“To me, he didn’t have that bad a year; he just had bad luck, caught out by yellows and such. It put him in a bad position in the championship which wasn’t really representative of his speed. He was faster than he had been the previous two years.

“So we’re losing a guy who’s had a lot of experience, but Josef has a lot of experience – he’s been in IndyCar for quite a while [five years] and he knows how to win races and he’s young. From the team perspective, I can understand the decision.”

 

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