Team Penske can be an intimidating place to work
MARCH 1, 2018
While a Verizon IndyCar Series championship helped, second-year Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden still gets a little nervous when "The Captain" comes calling.
"The Captain," of course, is team boss Roger Penske.
"I still get nervous whenever I have to speak with Roger, one on one," Newgarden said in an interview on adrinkwith.com. "It is really strange. I have had times where Roger has called me when he is 40,000 feet in the air on a plane headed to England. Those are moments when I think, 'Wow. What is happening?'
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"The magnitude of Roger Penske and what he has going on from a corporate standpoint, the guy is incredible. He is an incredible person, he has more energy than anyone I have ever met, more enthusiasm, more fire and competitiveness than anyone you will meet. He has been around for 50 years in the sport, and to still maintain his stature for all these years … that is what is so impressive. So, yes, I still get nervous talking to Roger Penske, but now a year in, I feel so much more confident and I feel more a part of the team.
Newgarden's championship helped his comfort level on the team -- in more ways than one, he says.
"Especially this year after winning the IndyCar Championship, I feel more comfortable and more like I belong,' Newgarden says. "When I first came in, I didn’t feel like I belonged on the team. I thought, 'What am I doing here?' It is amazing what a little bit of success can do, just being a part of the team and helping them move forward. It feels amazing."
source : autoweek.com