Newgarden farewells ‘The Sheriff’
Of Josef Newgarden’s 25 NTT IndyCar Collection victories, 18 had been earned with Travis Ward serving as his chief mechanic and chief of the pit crew taking care of his Group Penske Chevy.
Their dynamic working relationship, one which included awarding the ‘Chalice of Excellence’ to the top-performing crew member after every race, met its finish on the latest season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca as Newgarden went on to complete second within the race and second within the championship.
Of their 5 years collectively, the final 4 delivered a championship and three consecutive runner-up performances, and with the formation of the brand new Penske Porsche Motorsport sports activities automobile program, Legislation was notified of the staff’s intent to maneuver him from IndyCar’s pitlane to a brand new function as PPM’s competitors director with the Porsche 963 GTP effort.
“We began out in 2018 and we’ve had an ideal run,” Newgarden mentioned. “I’ve a number of love for Travis – ‘The Sheriff.’ He’s top-of-the-line within the paddock and he’s an ideal chief. He was taught by the very best, for my part, with (Scott McLaughlin’s crew chief) Matt Johnson. He actually emulates him in a number of methods. I believe these two are actually stellar collectively. It’s enjoyable to see their relationship change into what it’s and I’m an enormous Travis fan.
“I believe he’s an asset to any staff in any state of affairs and I’m actually excited for him and what he’s going to the brand new Porsche program. It’s going to be actually particular and he’s going to be a giant contributor to that, so I’m joyful we had our time collectively and I used to be actually lucky to have the ability to work with him.”
Newgarden was appreciative of the boldness Legislation and the remainder of his crew offered on and off pit lane.
“Issues have at all times been rock stable, and I’ve by no means had any points with Travis,” he mentioned. “He at all times made certain I used to be lined and it’s extra than simply the pitstops; we’re speaking a full 360-degree view. It’s a giant asset to have as a driver the place you’ll be able to simply focus in your duties and you realize that all the pieces else that must be lined is roofed. He was nice on pitstops, and something I ever wanted was at all times taken care of beforehand. And he’s simply the very best of the very best. I can’t say sufficient about Travis. He’s a rock star, via and thru.”
Legislation’s successor on the No. 2 Chevy will likely be named at a later date.