Hendersonville native Josef Newgarden earns front row start in Indy 500

Josef Newgarden (AP Photo)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WATE/AP) – Last year, Josef Newgarden finished in ninth place, one of his best finishes in four Indy 500 starts.

This year, the Hendersonville native is  back and gunning for first. He earned a front row start in this year’s ace.

Coming in at 230.700 miles per hour, Newgarden was edged out by James Hinchcliffe for the first IndyCar pole who came in at 230.760.

Newgarden, one of the top young talents in IndyCar, will start second with Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 race winner, on the outside of the first row.

The Tennessee driver led a series-best 345 laps this season and finished a career-best seventh in the standings.

The Indianapolis 500 is celebrating its centennial Sunday, with the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Formula One starts things off with the Monaco Grand Prix.  NASCAR wraps things up Sunday night with one of its biggest races of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The race airs on News 2 beginning at 11 a.m.

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