Newgarden Hopes To Ride Wave of Momentum at Long Beach

Josef Newgarden has had an up-and-down career on the streets of Long Beach, but a string of success and improved confidence in his race cars have the two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion optimistic he can finally seal the deal in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach this Sunday. Newgarden has made nine starts on the street course south of Los Angeles, but it remains one of five racetracks on the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar where he is winless. In Newgarden’s third career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start, which came at Long Beach 10 years ago, he started second alongside Dario Franchitti. Most notably, Newgarden has finished second at Long Beach in the last two races, in 2019 and 2021. There was no race at Long Beach in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In last year’s race, the season finale, Newgarden had his best Long Beach performance to date. “Long Beach and I have had an interesting history at this track,” he said. Newgarden he’s struggled most with confidence in the race car at Long Beach. I think the improvements we’ve made this offseason, that was part of why we were better at St. Pete, and I think that will carry over to Long Beach.

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