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Indy 500 2012: Josef Newgarden Is IndyCar’s Next Big Star

There's no better time or occasion for IndyCar to brand the "Next Big Thing" in open-wheel racing than this Sunday's Indianapolis 500.And there's no better driver to step into that role, since vacated by Danica Patrick on her way to NASCAR, than Josef Newgarden.The 21-year-old rookie will start from the seventh spot in his first-ever run at the Indy 500, though his youth and relative inexperience don't figure to hinder him on Memorial Day. He's already intimately familiar and comfortable with the track at the Brickyard, having won the Indy Light's Freedom 100 there last year.In fact, a win at the 500 would make Newgarden the first driver in history to win the Freedom 100 and the Indy 500 back-to-back.He's also hoping to become the first Ame...

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