IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden looked down and out seven years ago after a "dismal" GP3 season took up all his funds and left him on the brink of quitting motorsport. Oddly, it was the turning point that led to a Penske title. Now there's talk of Formula 1 to contend with.
It speaks volumes of his career trajectory that his visit to Austin for the 2017 US GP prompted F1 rumours just as the Toro Rosso driver merry-go-round was picking up pace. For his part, Newgarden said attending the grand prix revitalised his love of F1, but that the links were speculation.
"I don't even know that I was in consideration there, it is very hard for me to tell," he says. "If I was, I was not informed by them, I can tell you that. I was informed by the media that I was under consideration. I'm not sure how serious that was or wasn't."