Josef Newgarden swapped his usual No. 67 for 21 two years ago, as Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing welcomed Century 21 as a partner to the team for the month of May.
He’ll do so again in 2015, now under the CFH Racing banner and with Chevrolet power for this year’s events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newgarden will be in the No. 21 Century 21 Chevrolet for both the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and 99th Indianapolis 500, the latter of which is the centerpiece of the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
“Century 21 has been a great partner of ours in the past and being able to expand that program in 2015 is part of the momentous news we were excited to release at the start of our season,” CFH team co-owner Sarah Fisher said in a release. “I am genuinely excited to bring them back to Indianapolis and beyond.”
Added Newgarden, “I am very honored to be piloting the Century 21 car in the Indianapolis 500 this year! It was fantastic to work with their team in 2013 and we are looking forward to being with them again, starting at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis this May. The 21 car will once again be a fan favorite and is certainly one of mine. We are ready to have a great finish for everyone at Century 21!”
CFH will have Newgarden and Ed Carpenter in two of its cars for the Indianapolis 500. A third car is highly likely and a fourth is possible, but doubtful.
“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.
“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”
The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).
“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.
“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”
“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”
Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:
Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).