IndyCar driver in hospital after crash

IndyCar driver in hospital after crash

IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden survived a hard crash in Texas after his car was slammed to its side and slid along the frontstretch wall with the top of the cockpit exposed.

American Newgarden was transported by helicopter to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to be further evaluated for right shoulder and hand injuries, but those appeared to be the most significant issues.

“It sounds like he’s doing OK,” team owner and fellow IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter said. “For what I could tell, it could have been a whole lot worse. … We’ll go see him later tonight.”

Conor Daly’s car got loose coming out of Turn 4 at Texas on lap 42 of the Firestone 600 and snapped into the No.21 car driven by Newgarden.

The IndyCar race at a soggy Texas was later postponed for the second day in a row, and this time the series will wait more than two months before trying again.

Only 71 of the scheduled 248 laps were completed on Sunday before rain in an approaching thunderstorm hit the track.

That was 54 laps short of what was needed to make it an official race after the Firestone 600 had initially been postponed Saturday night.

With a 50 per cent chance of more rain Monday, IndyCar instead rescheduled the race for August 27, which is during what had been an open weekend for the series.

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