SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Josef Newgarden will have a new home in the Verizon IndyCar Series next year.
The 25-year-old American, who finished a career-best fourth in this year’s championship, informed Ed Carpenter Racing Thursday that he will not return to the team for the 2017 season.
Newgarden is expected to join Team Penske in the coming days.
In light of Newgarden’s decision, Ed Carpenter Racing officials are evaluating all driver options for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series.
“While it’s disappointing that Josef will not be returning, it’s also not a total surprise after all of the speculation the past few weeks,” stated team owner Ed Carpenter. “I wish Josef the best in his future endeavors, but also remain focused on ECR’s continued success. We are positioned well moving into 2017 and I have total confidence that we will continue to deliver the high level of performance we expect as a team.”
Since entering the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, ECR has scored seven victories with three different drivers, including a 1-2 finish last year in the streets of Toronto with Newgarden and Luca Filippi.
Newgarden, the 2011 Indy Lights champion, moved up to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing — which merged with ECR in 2015.
The first three wins of Newgarden’s career came after joining forces with ECR, including a dominant performance in July at Iowa Speedway.
At the conclusion of this season two weeks ago in Sonoma, California, Newgarden scored a career-best fourth-place finish in the championship standings.
Carpenter will continue to pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet during the oval events in 2017.
ECR’s remaining lineup will be announced at a later date.
Ed Carpenter Racing and INDYCAR Communications contributed to this report.