INDIANAPOLIS – Sebastien Bourdais said recently there are two kinds of racing drivers: There are those who get eaten alive by their mistakes and those who use them as fuel to improve.

Josef Newgarden belongs to the latter class, and after his rare error at Watkins Glen International, you can bet that at Sunday’s double-points finale at Sonoma Raceway, we’ll see a driver poised to bounce back. Why? We’ve seen him do it before.

The last time the 26-year-old Tennessee native fouled up, he responded by rattling off the best six-race streak of his career. Ever since mistakenly going to the high side, three-wide on Turn 4 early on at Texas Motor Speedway and slamming into the wall, Newgarden has been operating on a different level than his peers.

Josef Newgarden will take a three-point lead into the IndyCar season finale, Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. (Jarrad Henderson, USA TODAY Sports)

In his first race after the wreck at Fort Worth, only an ill-timed caution kept Newgarden out of victory lane, as he finished a half-second behind Scott Dixon at Road America. He then managed a sixth at Iowa Speedway before rattling off wins at the Toronto street course and the road course at Mid-Ohio. …read more

Source:: Usatoday – Sports

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