Newgarden ‘all for’ opportunity to race in NASCAR

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During NASCAR testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of the Brickyard 400, IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden visited the garages alongside Ray Evernham, former championship crew chief with Jeff Gordon.

“It’s fun to learn the different terminology between NASCAR and IndyCar, there’s a lot of different lingo, there’s a couple of different procedural things but it feels the same,” Newgarden said while walking through gasoline alley Wednesday. “When we come out here to test in IndyCar it feels the same, the vibe is a little different though.”

Newgarden is fresh off a dominant win at the Iowa Corn 300 and admitted he’d explore an opportunity to drive in NASCAR.

"IndyCar has my heart," Newgarden said. "I love open wheel racing, IndyCar is the best, you can't beat the Indianapolis 500 and everything we do, but I always am intrigued with NASCAR. I love all forms of racing, if there's anything going on with four wheels I want to check it out. I would never rule out getting to drive one of these things one day, I'd be all for it."

While a move to the stock car could be in his future, Newgarden is thrilled with the position he and his Ed Carpenter team are in following the victory.

"I think we're in a good spot with Ed Carpenter Racing, specifically on the 21 side," Newgarden said. "We're second in the standings, Fuzzy's Vodka has been great for us this year. finally got a victory at Iowa last weekend. We've got an opportunity to maybe win the championship, we just have to stay focused on what we're doing."