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Newgarden signs with CFH Racing for 2015

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Verizon IndyCar Series rising star Josef Newgarden has signed a one-year deal with a second-year option for 2015 with the newly-formed CFH Racing. CFH Racing is the merger of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, which will form for the 2015 season. Newgarden, currently in his third season with SFHR, will continue to drive the No. 67.

"Over the last three years, we have focused to build our team with Josef front and center, and we are extremely excited to continue that progress into 2015," said Fisher. "In working with our guys, everyone is proud to build on the continuity that it takes to be successful in an increasingly competitive Verizon IndyCar Series. I know how much effort Josef and our team put toward being the best and am looking forward to delivering even more tools for them to work with at CFH Racing next year."

"Sarah and I have the best of both worlds," said SFHR co-owner Wink Hartman. "Josef will be in the seat of the 67 car next year as we are now a two-car team. Continuing with Josef gives me great pride. He is the next star of the Verizon IndyCar Series."

Ed Carpenter, current driver/owner at Ed Carpenter Racing and future co-owner of CFH Racing, is looking forward to working with the 23-year-old native of Nashville, Tennessee.

"I am very happy that Josef has signed with CFH Racing," said Carpenter. "I think he has shown great potential, and it is my hope that CFH Racing will help him fully reach his potential and that we can win many races together. I have seen Josef mature a lot over the past few years, and I really look forward to working with him and continuing his development. I see him as one of the premier talents in this series for the future, and we are very proud to have him on our team."

"I'm really excited about the merger between Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing," said Newgarden. "Wink and Sarah extending an offer to keep me around for another year is first and foremost. They are the ones who gave me an opportunity to start my IndyCar career, and I'm happy to continue that with them for another year. I decided to stay here because I believe in our group and everything that we've built and where we are going. It's a very strong situation that's on the rise, and I think next year is the year to capitalize on it.”

"Ed (Carpenter) has been one of the biggest guys who has helped me in my career so far in IndyCar,” Newgarden continued. “He was one of the first to stick his hand out and lend some advice. I really believe in Ed and his group and what they've done. I think he will add many strengths to our unit and that we will be one strong entity for the whole 2015 season."

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Quotes in this piece provided by SFHR and ECR.

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