Oct. 5, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Fresh off the best finish of the season, a strong 2
place at the Grand Prix of
, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) and driver
head to The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of
with tremendous momentum. Newgarden excels at temporary street circuits, so the 1.7 mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit built in, and around, the Reliant Park complex should align with his strengths.
track will be new to me, although some of the other drivers have experience on the track from the Champ Car days, but I'm sure we'll get up to speed quickly," Newgarden said. "The track is a little shorter and tighter than
, but I love all of the street circuits plus the team has a really good setup for them. I think we'll be competitive. I can't wait to get started!"
Quaker Chemical Corporation
, an official sponsor and technical partner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, will again back Newgarden's No. 67 SFHR Dallara/Honda/Firestone entry in
as the team looks to move up a position from the recent
finish, taking their first win as a team/driver combination.
"We look forward to seeing the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team continue their momentum from the
race and have another great finish in
, Quaker VP and Managing Director North America. "The street circuit races this season have been a great test for the wheel bearing grease technology we have been developing with the SFHR team. And we are eager to see it help Josef's car run strong all the way to the finish."
IndyCar racing returns to
after a six-year hiatus and will feature the doubleheader format, also seen at
earlier in the season, with two full-length championship races during the weekend. With only three races remaining in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar season, Newgarden currently sits in 14th position in championship points, just 72 markers out of the top ten.
"Our goal all season has been to get the most we can out of every race, finish in the top ten in points, and hopefully win a race or two," Newgarden said. "Our form at
showed that we are contenders for race wins and I think we have a legitimate chance to attain all of our goals in these last few races."
Newgarden's No. 67 SFHR Dallara/Honda/Firestone car will feature a new look this weekend from its new primary sponsor, leading single-source North American energy services provider, Strike, LLC, with a distinctive chrome-based red, white and blue paint scheme. SFHR hopes the car will be easy to spot in its race to lead the pack.