Josef Newgarden flew to the top of the speed charts on Bump Day for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 in his first and only qualifying attempt in the second day of qualifying.
Driving the No. 21 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Century 21/Dallara/Honda/Firestone car, Newgarden drove a four lap average of 225.731 mph to secure the 25th starting position in next Sunday’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
“We knew we would be fine,” Newgarden said. “I think we would have been okay yesterday if we had another shot at it and then we would have had more opportunity to just work on the race car, but that wasn’t the case so we came here today and got a nice run in.”
“We’re in the show so it’s good,” he said. “There’s no speed loss in the car in my opinion. We had a little bit of a bobble yesterday and we weren’t able to show our representative speed, but we did a little bit better today and I think we have even more to come for the race. We’ve got a lot of confidence.”
Not only does Newgarden believe in himself, but he also has faith in his team as he prepares for his second Indianapolis 500.
“Everyone works really hard at Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing,” Newgarden said. “We have some of the most talented guys out there. They built a fast car and I think we had a quicker car than we showed, but just getting the car in the show right now is the priority. We weren’t contenders for pole so now we want to focus on the race.”
The 97th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing will begin next Sunday, May 26 at 12 p.m. ET and will air live on ABC. For the latest updates from the Century 21 car follow @SFHRindy on Twitter.