Just 42 laps into the delayed Firestone 600 Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly got together, triggering a scary crash that saw Newgarden’s car hit the wall cockpit first. He emerged from his car on his own power but was carried out on a backboard as he waved to the crowd. He was later airlifted to Parkland Hospital to evaluate shoulder pain.
Later Sunday afternoon, a medical update was issued indicating Newgarden suffered a fractured right clavicle and fractured right hand. According to the release from Ed Carpenter Racing, doctors expected Newgarden to be released from Parkland Sunday evening.
“Thank you to Dallara, INDYCAR, the Holmatro Safety Team and everyone we work with at Texas Motor Speedway,” Newgarden said in the release. “The car held up great and the response from the safety team was amazing. I’m banged up a little bit but I’m generally OK. That’s all thanks to INDYCAR and all the work everyone within the series does. I am feeling a little pain but I hope to be ready to rock and go again soon.
“We had a great car today, it just did not go how we had planned. I feel bad for both Conor and myself but I’m glad Conor is OK as well. I’ll be back out there fighting as soon as I can. Luckily I am all right, thank you again to everyone who helped me.”
Newgarden also posted a photo on Instagram later from Parkland Hospital.
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