Newgarden Reflects On Indy: ‘I Feel Emotionally Depleted’

INDIANAPOLIS — Josef Newgarden’s victory in Sunday’s 107th Indianapolis 500 victory gave the driver from Hendersonville, Tennessee the full range of emotions. It was the first career Indianapolis 500 victory for Newgarden in his 12th career “500” start. Newgarden tied 1957 winner Sam Hanks and 2013 winner Tony Kanaan for the most starts before winning in event history. It was the third time a driver has won the Indianapolis 500 from the 17th starting position. Newgarden is the first American driver to win the Indianapolis 500 since Alexander Rossi in 2016. Newgarden made the most significant position advancement in the field, 16 positions, to claim his first Indianapolis 500 win. Those are the numbers, but the emotions tell the true story of Newgarden’s first career Indianapolis 500 win. You come here to win the race, and we’re going to do that.”. I was either going to win the race or I’d end up in the wall.

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