The reigning Indy 500 Champ, Josef Newgarden thrilled kids at the world's largest children's museum during the first reading of his new book

The reigning Indy 500 Champ, Josef Newgarden thrilled kids at the world's largest children's museum during the first reading of his new book

Josef Newgarden Partners with Red Racer Books to Launch Children's Book "Josef's BIG Dream: An INDY 500 Story" The 2023 Indianapolis 500 winner launched the new book by reading it to kids at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. It's a good bet those kids will be cheering him on this weekend in the 108th running of the Indy 500 as he starts from the front row!

INDIANAPOLIS, May 25, 2024 Josef Newgarden, two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion and reigning Indianapolis 500 winner partnered with Red Racer Books to launch an inspirational children's book titled "Josef's BIG Dream: An INDY 500 Story." Kids at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis were excited to learn they were the first to have the new book read to them.

After zipping around the miniature Indianapolis Motor Speedway within Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the Penske driver read the book to adoring fans inside the museum alongside an IndyCar show car.

I've been wanting to write a children's book focused on the values of hard work and dedication, and there's nothing that requires that more than the Indy 500.

The book highlights Josef's journey from childhood to realize his dream of winning the INDY 500 and aims to inspire young readers to dream big and persevere through challenges. From his beginnings in karting to becoming a two-time INDYCAR champion and INDY 500 winner, Josef's story exemplifies determination, resilience, and passion. "I am thrilled to be sharing 'Josef's BIG Dream' with race fans ahead of the 108th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday," said Josef Newgarden. "I've been wanting to write a children's book focused on the values of hard work and dedication, and there's nothing that requires that more than the Indy 500. Creating this book with my wife Ashley and Andy Amendola was a fun journey and one we are all proud of. I hope families and kids that read this book are inspired to chase their dreams, no matter how big or small, and take pride in their efforts in pursuing them."

Through vibrant illustrations and a compelling narrative, "Josef's BIG Dream" not only entertains but also instills valuable life lessons and fosters a deeper appreciation for the legendary event.

Andy Amendola, publisher and author of Red Racer Books, said: "The INDY 500 is more than just a race; it's a historic event that transforms its winners into legends. Despite its prominence, there are few books about it for children. I founded Red Racer Books to bring the magic of motorsports to children, and am excited to introduce this historic event and the inspirational personality of Josef Newgarden to young readers, sharing a powerful message of dreaming big and never giving up."

Ashley Newgarden, who collaborated on the book with Amendola and her husband, said: "Creating this book has been a passion project for Josef and me. We want to teach kids that making their dreams a reality isn't always easy. There will be times when they feel like giving up. But with hard work and determination, their dreams can grow even bigger than they ever imagined."

"Josef's BIG Dream" is perfect for children aged 5 to 10, fans of motorsport and racing, and anyone who loves inspiring stories about perseverance and achieving dreams. As an officially licensed product of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the book will be available at RedRacerBooks.com as well as ShopIndycar.com, ShopIMS.com and all the NTT SERIES INDYCAR Races later this summer.

Approved images can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/JosefsBIGDream

Red Racer Books Contact: Andy Amendola, [email protected]
Josef Newgarden Contact: Amy Cavitch, [email protected] 

About Red Racer Books
Red Racer Books is a minority-owned business founded by Andy Amendola. It aims to bring the magic of motorsports to children through engaging and educational books. Each book is crafted with input from fans, readers, and industry experts to ensure accuracy and engagement.

About Josef Newgarden
One of the stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Josef Newgarden is the driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet for Team Penske. A consistent contender for the championship each season, he captured the title in 2017 and 2019. Newgarden scored the biggest win of his career with a thrilling last lap pass in the 2023 Indianapolis 500. He followed with the overall win at the 2024 24 Hours of Daytona with Team Penske, becoming the 16th driver to win both an Indy 500 and a 24 Hours of Daytona. A Nashville native, Newgarden resides in the Music City with his wife Ashley and son Kota. Follow along with Newgarden at JosefNewgarden.com and @josefnewgarden on social media.

About INDYCAR
INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America's premier open-wheel auto racing series, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and its developmental series, INDY NXT by Firestone. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES features an international field of the world's most versatile drivers – including two-time and reigning series champion Alex Palou, two-time series champion Will Power, six-time series champion Scott Dixon and two-time series champion and reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Josef Newgarden – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The 2024 season consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, INDY NXT by Firestone, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit http://www.indycar.com . For more information on INDY NXT by Firestone, please visit http://www.indynxt.com .

Media Contact
Kim Harms Robinson, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 317-334-4003, [email protected], www.childrensmuseum.org