Newgarden presses ahead despite injuries; keen to stay in title fight (VIDEO)

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Josef Newgarden said his hand is hurting more than his collarbone following the first practice session for this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America (Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), but is determined to continue in the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.

“Actually both hands hurt. I think the clavicle will hold up alright. It’s a little sore but I think it’ll be OK for the weekend,” Newgarden said in a quickly organized and brief media availability Friday at Road America.

“I think [the pain level] has levelled. I don’t think it’s getting worse through the session which is good. That would have been more of a problem, but it’s just kind of dealing with the inflammation really and just trying to keep it down on the weekend really that’s the battle.”

The 4.014-mile Road America circuit is known for its heavy levels of braking on the three long straights, but Newgarden said it wasn’t a huge factor or hurt him very much.

“I think it’s just really my hands in general what hurt’s the worst,” he explained. “The braking’s really not too bad. Braking actually feels great. It’s a little sore like I said, but it’s not been as big of a problem as I thought it would be, so I think the braking’s actually not an issue I would say.”

Newgarden had a bit of simulator work prior to getting back in the car today.

“Really my wrist was the issue actually after the accident,” he said. “I think I got the wrist sorted out, now it’s just the break and supporting the hand in general which I’ve got braces made for that now which have helped. But still trying to fight through a bit of the pain of it being supported.

“I think it just needs to be supported really well for me to feel good. I learned a little bit yesterday in the simulator and learned more now in the first session, and I think we’ll just keep tuning on it, like we would a race car just keep tuning on the body and get it where it needs to be.”

The fact that the race is at Elkhart Lake’s Road America, rather than a more demanding short oval such as Iowa Speedway, for example, was important for Newgarden to be able to drive this weekend.

“This being Road America, I actually caught a break,” he explained. “If we were racing at Iowa this weekend, I’d probably not be in the car. I just don’t think I would have be able to do something like Iowa.

“It’s too much loading on that side of the right shoulder. Here it’s mainly left shoulder loading where you’re getting compressed. It’s predominantly right-handers, you’ve got long straightaways.

“It’s still very physical here but it’s not like at Iowa. Just the circumstances of where it’s physical here and how it’s physical is a much more favorable track than what Iowa would have been for this weekend.”

The 25-year-old American has worked tirelessly to get back behind the wheel of his No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing to maintain momentum in the Verizon IndyCar Series season and not lose a race.

“I don’t want to miss out on anything. I would have been so sad if I missed this race,” he said, as he enters the weekend fourth in points.

“I don’t want to miss any race. We’ve got a shot of winning the championship and I’d like to keep that alive. So that’s a big component for me, it’s a big component for why I worked hard to get to this point. Keep going, got a couple of more days and we’ll see where we end up.”

Newgarden also caught up with NBCSN during this morning’s first practice. That interview is below.

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”