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Newgarden Transported to Hospital Following Crash, Race Halted for Rain

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter

FORT WORTH, Texas – Driver Josef Newgarden has been transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital following a scary crash with Conor Daly on lap 42 of today’s Firestone 600.

Daly was running second and lost control of his No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda in turn four and spun into the path of Josef Newgarden. Both cars hit the wall with Newgarden’s No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet flipping over and hitting the frontstretch wall upside down after sliding on his lid for nearly 500 feet. The car flipped back over before coming to a stop on the frontstretch grass.

Newgarden was helped by the safety crew out of his car and briefly stood before laying down and was complaining of pain in his shoulder. He was paced on a backboard and gave a thumbs up before being transported to the infield car center. He was evaluated and it was determined that he had a shoulder and wrist injury. He has been airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas for further evaluation.

Daly walked away from the crash unhurt, and took the blame for the accident.

“All of a sudden the rears just totally lost grip,” said Daly. “I felt I floated all the way through the corners. It was my mistake, I should have recognized it and it was just a rookie mistake.

I was trying to stay lower because I knew Josef was coming and maybe I just put too much load on the right rear. Even though the car was quite good, it was on the edge in 3 and 4.”

The race was under yellow flag for nearly 40 laps before the rains return and halted the racing once again. James Hinchcliffe currently leads Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mikahil Aleshin up front.

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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