Josef Newgarden cleared for Road America practice


Josef Newgarden - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Josef Newgarden has been cleared to compete in practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Road America this weekend, but the young American racer will be re-evaluated afterwards.

Newgarden suffered a fractured right clavicle in a violent clash two weeks ago at the Texas Motor Speedway after getting hit by an out of control Conor Daly exiting turn four, hitting the wall and requiring medical attention trackside before being transferred to hospital. Newgarden had extracted himself from the car before sitting on the track while the medical team did their job.

Newgarden will be allowed to participate in the practice sessions on Friday around the Elkhart Lake circuit in Wisconsin, but will be assessed again by the medical team at its conclusion, with his team, Ed Carpenter Racing, bringing JR Hildebrand to the circuit to be available should Newgarden be prevented from competing.

Hildebrand last competed in the championship during May’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 having also raced in the preceding Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy for the Indianapolis-based team.

IndyCar racing returns to Road America for the first time since Champ Car raced their in 2007, with Sebastien Bourdais triumphing for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing on his way to the title.