Josef Newgarden had high hopes for his second shot at the Milwaukee Mile, but an 11th-place finish left the competitive 22-year-old driver feeling frustrated and unsatisfied.
“It wasn’t a good day,” Newgarden said. “It was a rough one and it stinks sometimes because you don’t have the package, but we’ll keep working hard. There’s definitely no quit in this team and we’ll keep trucking away for the next one.”
The second year driver for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) started the race 8th on the grid, and spent most of the 250 laps in the top-10, even racing as high as fourth place.
During the second stint of the race, Newgarden fell a lap behind and was never able to make it up. Only eight drivers finished the race completing all 250 laps.
“We just really struggled with car grip in general,” Newgarden said. “It was especially difficult in traffic. It was really tough to run behind everyone and race, which is pretty critical around this place.”
After SFHR made its fourth and final pit stop on lap 213, the No. 67 SFHR Direct Supply/Dallara/Honda/ Firestone car fell from 9th to 12th position.
“You have to have a pretty decent car in dirty air and we didn’t really have that today,” Newgarden said. “It was great to have Direct Supply on the car, it’s their home race, and everyone was pumped up. It just didn’t turn out how we wanted to so we’ll keep working and go to the next one. There are a lot of good races coming up for us.”
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Milwaukee IndyFest for the second consecutive year. Helio Castroneves and Will Power finished in second and third respectively.
The IZOD IndyCar Series will head west for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on Sunday, June 23. Iowa Speedway is the third oval track in a row on the series schedule. The race will air live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. ET. For all of the latest team updates, follow @SFHRindy on Twitter and Instagram.