Penske engineer Luke Mason finds immortality in only his sixth race

ST. PETERSBURG STREET COURSE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - MARCH 03: #2: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet, Luke Mason at St. Petersburg Street Course on Friday March 03, 2023 in St. Petersburg, United States of America. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt / LAT Images)

Luke Mason has been Josef Newgarden’s race engineer for all of six races. The Australian has won two of them, including the Indianapolis 500, before he’s reached the halfway point of his first season as an IndyCar race engineer.

“It’s the Indy 500!” Mason told RACER, his lips quivering from the rush of adrenaline and emotion while standing next to Indy’s yard of bricks. “You spend your whole life working towards achieving this one goal, and having done it now, I’m speechless. It’s such a good crew, this group of people; not just the No. 2 car or theNo. 3 or the No. 12, but the whole crew. Everyone back at the shop; it’s been a big goal. It’s no secret that we haven’t done well enough here at the Speedway.

“Coming into this year after a championship victory last year, it was priority number one to get Roger’s 19th win.”

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