Tag: Josef Newgarden
Community Health Network leads Indy 500 performance training for SFHR
During the action-packed Indy 500, racing teams understand the importance of a strong pit crew on the outcome of the race. That's why the pit crew for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR), along with other teammates, is training with Community Health Network's Sports Medicine staff as part of an individualized employee wellness program from Community Employer Health.
"Our new partnership with Community Health Network is a great example of going beyond traditional marketing strategies in racing," said Sarah Fisher, co-owner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. "Our team is focused on the health of our employees, both on and off the track, and this partnership allows us to emphasize the importance of their fitness in an environment where hundredths of seconds count. We hope people will peek into the new Body Shop, Powered by Community Health Network at our Speedway headquarters where training for the athletes of SFHR resumes in May."
Community Employer Health had the luxury of working with SFHR as the race team was designing its new racing headquarters site on the re-developed Main Street in Speedway. Knowing the team's focus was on physical and mental toughness for peak racing performance, Community designed detailed performance management plans for SFHR driver Josef Newgarden and his crew.
"Our relationship with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing is an excellent example of why customization of employee health and wellness plans is so important," said Steve Zetzl, vice president of Employer Health at Community Health Network. "Each of our clients has unique issues and goals. Our objective is to understand those issues and plan a wellness program that makes employees the healthiest they can be. Having an onsite health program is one of best ways to lower healthcare costs for employers."
Components of the SFHR Employee Health and Wellness plan include:
Onsite Fitness Center
Management and staffing
Performance training for driver and pit crew
Corporate wellness services
Annual onsite health screening and health assessment
MyPath program, a digital health management platform that allows participants to wirelessly download and track their physical activity
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Occupational Health and Medical Services
Work-related injury care
DOT/CDL services (exams and substance abuse testing for those required to have a commercial driver's license)
Annual flu vaccinations
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation's most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana's leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them-in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor's offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community's full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.
About Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) was established in 2008 and is owned by former driver Sarah Fisher, the youngest woman ever to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the first woman to run a full IZOD IndyCar Series schedule, and businessman Wink Hartman. SFHR has competed in the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2008, earning its first victory in 2011 at Kentucky Speedway.
Newgarden Posts Career Best Finish in Brazil
In the birthplace of the legendary racing driver Ayrton Senna lies an 11-turn temporary street circuit that hosted Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series today. The 2.535-mile asphalt and concrete track for the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 bumps and bruises more than just about any course on the series calendar and two things are needed to survive - patience and time.
Starting dead last today in 25th position as a result of a penalty extended for an engine change, Nashville-resident Josef Newgarden and his team thought they might have to count on healthy doses of patience and time as their only strategy. But a record number of cautions at the São Paulo circuit gave the Speedway, Ind.-based team the opportunity they needed to get Newgarden the best finish of his brief IZOD IndyCar Series career.
"I thought we had a really strong race and a top-five is really good going into Indy," said Newgarden. "Given where we started, that's exactly what we wanted to do, score solid points and get some momentum going into the 500. I think we've absolutely done that."
A late-race charge by Newgarden after a restart put him in position to battle for the lead. The 22-year-old racer made several attempts to put his Honda-powered Dallara chassis on point, but he ultimately yielded to James Hinchcliffe, the eventual winner. Newgarden hung on to his fading tires to squeeze out a fifth-place finish for his SFHR team to take back to their new racing headquarters in Indiana.
"It was a little bit of a disappointment," Newgarden said. "I think we had a better car than fifth. You have to take what you can sometimes. We're really pleased at all of the hard work that gets put in from everyone here. It's good to get representative results. We'll try to take that momentum and do well at the 500."
The SFHR team heads home to Speedway for a short walk from the race shop to the 97th Indianapolis 500 where Newgarden put the No. 67 in a seventh-place starting position last year. To get the latest news from SFHR, follow @SFHRindy on Twitter.
SFHR "Animado" for the Spirit of Sao Paulo
Racing and soccer do not typically coincide, but for Brazilian sports fans both are top-notch entertainment, and definitely provide a reason to be "animado," or very excited as we would say in English.
Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) Dallara/Honda/Firestone car, is traveling more than 5,000 miles south of Indianapolis for the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300, the only IZOD IndyCar Series race outside of North America.
Sao Paulo's steadfast soccer fans leave no shortage of enthusiasm when they take over the track, according to Newgarden.
"The big difference with racing in Brazil compared to racing in the States is that the fans are very, very passionate," he said. "It's almost like racing during a soccer match. They're super passionate about soccer down there and I think they bring that same sort of energy to the weekend, which is pretty cool. Going anywhere where you have fans that are that appreciative and that excited to have you there is always fun."
The Streets of Sao Paulo also presents an opportunity for team bonding , as most of the crews stay on the race compound for the entire weekend.
"Last year Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) was supposed to shave his beard but he ended up not doing it, so I slapped him in the face with a handful of shaving cream," Newgarden said laughing. "I don't think it made it on the air anywhere but it was on tape, so it's out there somewhere!"
The sophomore driver can always be counted on for a funny Sao Paulo story, but even more important is Newgarden's reverence for the street circuit itself.
"I like the track a lot," Newgarden said. "I like the way it's laid out, and it's very different than anywhere else we go. It has the longest back straight that we will go to at any point this year, which is very unique."
The 22-year-old relishes the challenge the 2.536-mile street circuit brings.
"We have to run very low down force, which is not typical for a street course," Newgarden said. "Normally on street courses you run a lot of down force, but in Brazil you can't because the straights are so long. That makes it difficult to balance but I think it's really fun."
In his rookie season, Newgarden qualified ninth and drove the fastest lap of any competitor before making contact with a wall that cut his race short. The second year star hopes to take what he learned last year and use it to his advantage.
"We have a great setup that I think will start the weekend on a good note," Newgarden said. "It is straight from the setup we learned and developed last year. If anything we just need to do a good job of scoring solid points because I know we will have a good car."
Newgarden is hoping for a solid result in Brazil that would give his team positive momentum heading into the next IZOD IndyCar Series race, the Indianapolis 500.
"Momentum is a big deal and Indianapolis is coming up right afterwards, so momentum coming into Indianapolis right after Brazil is crucial and we have to do a good job there," he said.
The Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 will air live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 5. For updates from the No. 67 car follow @SFHRIndy on Twitter.
Streets of Long Beach Leave SFHR Longing for More
Josef Newgarden and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) had a tough day swerving through the Streets of Long Beach after a pit stop glitch halted the progress of the No. 67 SFHR/Dallara/Honda/Firestone car.
“We shot ourselves in the foot on both ends,” Newgarden said. “We had a slow stop and then I ended up stalling the car. So we had a double foul all around. I feel bad, we were already slow in the stop and then I pretty much finished us off with the stall.”
Newgarden, who fell from 12th to 20th-place after stalling the No. 67 car, fought his way back into the mix finishing the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 13th overall.
“We had an ok recovery from the slip-up,” he said, “But thinking about where we could have been if we didn’t have the mistake is disappointing. We probably would have gone straight to the front with the decision we made if the stop would have been cleaner. It’s a shame, but we will learn from it and move on.”
The sophomore driver, who holds 19th-place overall in the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship, understands that every second in a race is crucial with the competitive field of drivers surrounding him.
“Anytime you have an error like that, it pretty much ruins your day,” Newgarden said. “It’s tough to come back that late in the race from a mistake. Those are things you have to minimize, so we’re going to try to not have as many of those slip-ups in the future because they can be detrimental. Luckily it didn’t bite us too bad today.”
The 22-year-old Nashville-native is keeping a positive outlook on the long season that lies ahead.
“The positive is that the car is in one piece and we finished 13th, which is not horrible,” Newgarden said. We’re not satisfied with a mediocre finish, but I’m excited to go to Brazil in a few weeks and get another shot.”
A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato took first place on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach podium, making him the first Japanese driver to win an IZOD IndyCar Series race. Rounding out the top five were Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson, Dario Franchitti and JR Hildebrand.
The next IZOD IndyCar Series race is the Sao Paulo Indy 300 on May 5 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. To get the latest news from SFHR, follow @SFHRindy on Twitter.
SFHR Ready For Redemption in Long Beach
Josef Newgarden and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) are ready for redemption in Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Newgarden will start the race in the 16th position after turning a lap of 1 minute, 8.2579 seconds at 103.795 mph during qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
The sophomore driver is extra hungry for success on the Streets of Long Beach after starting second in 2012 and getting knocked out of competition on the first lap after contact with veteran driver Dario Franchitti.
“What happened last year was horrible for us,” Newgarden said. “I think everyone on the team wants to have a good result tomorrow and that’s what we are all very focused on.”
The No. 67 SFHR Dallara/Honda/Firestone car ran as high as first during the first round of qualifying before slowly slipping into eighth near the end of the 20-minute session.
"Our strategy was to get out early and run two sets [of red tires],” he said. “I think we were a little behind with pace and the red flag kind of slowed us down. We definitely didn't maximize our strategy, so I think we have to find some pace in the car tomorrow.”
The SFHR team is prepared to climb through the 80-lap race along North America’s longest running street circuit.
“It’s incredibly important to finish races and pacing yourself does that,” Newgarden said. “It’s not easy to do. This is a two-stop race so we have to stay out of trouble at the start and then we have to keep a clean nose from all the guys around us.”
The 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m. ET. To catch live action from the No. 67 car along the 1.968-mile street circuit, follow @SFHRindy on Twitter.
Consistency In Cali Key for SFHR
A top-10 finish is an excellent starting spot for Josef Newgarden and company, but it is consistency that will keep Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) on track to reach its long-term ambitions.
SFHR is headed west for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the street circuit where Newgarden started in the front row as a rookie, before getting spun out by veteran driver, Dario Franchitti.
"Not being able to run the race last year and getting knocked out into Turn 1 on the first lap was difficult," Newgarden said. "So I'd like to run the whole race and hopefully do well."
After a ninth place finish in Alabama on April 7, SFHR is confident that California will bring continued success.
"Long Beach is going to be so important to continue the momentum that we have," Newgarden said. "We really want to come into Indianapolis with a steady stretch of good results, so it's super important that we go to Long Beach and score solid points and continue the consistent streak."
New Firestone tires for all of the IndyCar drivers will challenge each team on the 1.968-mile street course.
"The tires are different this year so that's going to be a variable that most people have to deal with," Newgarden said. "I am excited because we had a really good car in Long Beach in 2012 and I think we'll have an even better one this year."
Since his first top-10 finish at Barber Motorsports Park, Newgarden said his team has turned a corner and is working on continued improvement each day.
"We're working on pit stops continuously," he said. "I'm working on my in and out laps and trying to make everything as smooth as possible leading up to pit stops."
The No. 67 SFHR Dallara/Honda/Firestone car will start its engine at the longest running street course in North America on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21. Newgarden will begin practice on Friday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET and will qualify at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 20. For live trackside Twitter updates, follow @SFHRindy.
City of New Castle Joins SFHR as Associate Sponsor for Indianapolis 500
When the month of May rolls around each year the state of Indiana takes center spotlight on a world stage for the Indianapolis 500, and this year the City of New Castle, Ind. will play a role in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing through an associate sponsorship of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR).
New Castle, located 44 miles east of Indianapolis, has a population of just over 18,000 people. The city raised funds for its sponsorship of SFHR through private investors.
"The City of New Castle, Ind. is proud to team up with SFHR for the 2013 Indianapolis 500," said New Castle Mayor Greg York. "With help from private investors in New Castle, this has become a reality for our community. This will allow us to promote New Castle on the largest advertising stage in the world. Our community looks at the big picture. We want to compete with worldwide companies, which is why we wanted to be involved with Sarah Fisher and the Indianapolis 500."
SFHR also has a unique connection with New Castle, home to New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP), where SFHR driver Josef Newgarden grew up racing go karts.
"I learned my race craft at NCMP and go back there every year I can for the Robopong 200 kart race," Newgarden said. "It will mean a lot to me to carry a decal of the city where I started my racing career on my livery at the Indianapolis 500."
The family culture that SFHR co-owner Sarah Fisher has created for her team is also a logical fit for New Castle, a small Midwestern city that has established itself as a an attractive place to work and live.
"With one of the Midwest's most coveted karting tracks in New Castle Motorsports Park where our own driver Josef Newgarden spent time training, this partnership made perfect sense to highlight their city," Sarah Fisher said. "To be a small part of a community that deeply embraces our sport is an honor for a family culture oriented team. I look forward to working with the City of New Castle to let Indianapolis 500 visitors know the uniqueness that a Midwestern town has to offer."
Gates open at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 11th to begin practice for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will air live on ABC at 11am ET on May 26.