CFH Racing announced that Josef Newgarden will race for the team in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Newgarden currently drives for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. SFHR announced earlier this month that they will merge with Ed Carpenter Racing at season’s end to form CFH Racing.
“Over the last three years, we have focused to build our team with Josef front and center and we are extremely excited to continue that progress into 2015,” Sarah Fisher said. “In working with our guys, everyone is proud to build on the continuity that it takes to be successful in an increasingly competitive Verizon IndyCar Series. I know how much effort Josef and our team put toward being the best and am looking forward to delivering even more tools for them to work with at CFH Racing next year.”
Newgarden has been having some strong runs this season, highlighted by a career-high second place finish at Iowa Speedway in July. The 23-year-old sat on the front row for today’s Grand Prix of Sonoma for his third front-row start of the season.
“I’m really excited about the merger between Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing,” Newgarden said. “Wink and Sarah extending an offer to keep me around for another year is first and foremost. They are the ones who gave me an opportunity to start my IndyCar career, and I’m happy to continue that with them for another year.
“I decided to stay here because I believe in our group and everything that we’ve built and where we are going. It’s a very strong situation that’s on the rise, and I think next year is the year to capitalize on it. Ed (Carpenter) has been one of the biggest guys who has helped me in my career so far in IndyCar. He was one of the first to stick his hand out and lend some advice. I really believe in Ed and his group and what they’ve done. I think he will add many strengths to our unit and that we will be one strong entity for the whole 2015 season.”
CFH Racing has confirmed that they will have a two-car team in 2014. Ed Carpenter and Mike Conway split the season in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car for ECR this year, with Careptner scoring a win at Texas Motor Speedway, and Conway snatching up a pair of wins over the season.
“I am very happy that Josef has signed with CFH Racing,” Carpenter said. “I think he has shown great potential, and it is my hope that CFH Racing will help him fully reach his potential and that we can win many races together. I have seen Josef mature a lot over the past few years, and I really look forward to working with him and continuing his development. I see him as one of the premier talents in this series for the future, and we are very proud to have him on our team.”