IndyCar: Newgarden re-signs with CFH Racing

Josef Newgarden had two wins with CFH Racing during the 2015 season.

Sean Gardner

The driver who led the most laps in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season will remain at CFH Racing, as Josef Newgarden has re-signed to stay with the team in 2016. It will be the fifth year the talented American driver from Hendersonville, Tennessee, will drive the No. 67 entry.

"I am very excited to be back at CFH Racing," Newgarden said Thursday. "It all really comes down to the confidence and belief that our owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, Wink Hartman, Stuart Reed and Tony George have in me.

"They’ve given me all of the tools I could ask for to drive a race car and to be successful. It’s easy to be excited about coming back to work with this group knowing the level that we are operating at. I can see the capabilities that we have and I think we are going to be able to fully execute in 2016."

Newgarden began his career driving for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012. The team joined forces with Ed Carpenter Racing at the end of the 2013 season to form CFH Racing. Newgarden is the 2011 Indy Lights Series Champion.

Newgarden won two races in the 2015 season, including his first win in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in April, and the Honda Indy Toronto in June. His second win featured a CFH Racing 1-2 sweep, with Luca Filippi finishing second.

"It was great to finalize a deal with Josef to keep him with CFH Racing for 2016," team co-owner Ed Carpenter said. "Just as he was a priority to sign before this past season, he was a priority for us again this year.

"We are focused on becoming a force in the Verizon IndyCar Series and we see Josef being a large part of that.  It is our intention to have him in a CFH car for a long time."

In addition to his two victories, Newgarden also finished second in two races — at Iowa Speedway on July 18 and Pocono Raceway on August 23.

"It is with great pride that our team will support Josef behind the wheel of the 67 car in 2016," said CFH Racing co-owner Sarah Fisher.

"I’m certainly encouraged to see the energy, enthusiasm and dedication that Ed and our partners have given to the 67 car program to make this happen. I am looking forward to a second year of racing at a championship level."

Newgarden was one of six drivers eligible to win the Verizon IndyCar Series championship heading into the final race of the season at Sonoma Raceway. He ultimately finished seventh in the standings — a career best.

Newgarden led five of the final seven races to lead the most laps of any driver in 2015 with 345 laps led.