The shared past of IndyCar's champion and its next big star
Josef Newgarden and Colton Herta are two of IndyCar's biggest stars, but both drivers once had dreams of making it in Europe before heading back to the States. Trevor Carlin, who ran both drivers in junior categories, talks about their early years...
We all know who makes up the IndyCar field: a bunch of very, very fast Europeans who came up through the ranks at home and, given the breaks, should or could have made it to Formula 1, a smattering of stars from Down Under, drivers who left F1 yet still have a top-line career ahead of them, and a pool of North Americans who worked their way up through the ladder system in the States.
But there's one more group.
When the IndyCar field lines up this Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway to get the season off to a belated start, two of the most under-the-spotlight drivers will be Team Penske's reigning and two-time champion Josef Newgarden, plus Colton Herta, a race winner as a star rookie in 2019 and now brought fully into the Andretti Autosport fold. Two Americans who, attracted by F1 rather than Indy, tried to make it in Europe.
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