Skip Barber National: Newgarden remains series point leader after Road America Events Hendersonville, TN (August 2008) - Josef Newgarden captured both pole positions, and two top five finishes at Road America during last weekends ...
Skip Barber National: Newgarden remains series point leader after Road America Events
Hendersonville, TN (August 2008) - Josef Newgarden captured both pole positions, and two top five finishes at Road America during last weekends BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda Championship. Rounds 9 and 10 of the SBN were run as a support race to the ALMS series held at the historic 4.1 mile road course circuit.
Prior to the event Newgarden was tied for the point lead when factoring in the one mandatory race drop. After capturing pole position for both races and surviving the two Talladega style draft-fest races, Newgarden stated he was extremely happy to move on to the next venue in sole possession of the series point lead.
On Saturday, race one ended under a full course yellow when Newgarden was caught out at the back of the lead pack in fifth position. On Sunday, according to many witnesses, race two which had no yellow flags was one for the record books. With no less then a ten car pack battling for P1 during most of the race, Newgarden admitted he scared himself more than once while working to advance his position. Although Newgarden was in seventh place coming to the white flag, he managed to maneuver into the lead coming off the last turn headed to the checkers. Prior to the race, Newgarden stated he wanted to be the one leading at the last corner of the race because he felt he could hold off the pack to the finish line. Unfortunately his strategy came up just a little short as his long standing rival, Conor Daly nipped him by .021 of a second. While celebrating on the podium Newgarden admitted he was disappointed that he didn't get the job done but stated if he had to lose, at least his best friend was the one to win it.
With just two events remaining, one on Labor Day weekend in New Jersey and one in early October at VIR (two races each), Newgarden is very confident in his chances to maintain the series point lead and earn the lucrative reward Mazda makes available to the SBN series champion. With 2008 being his second full season in the series, Newgarden feels his experience with the unique cars that were first outfitted with a Handford devise at the beginning of his rookie season as well as his extensive testing at most of the SBN circuits will give him the edge he needs to come out on top!