Josef Newgarden: “I’ll be back out there fighting as soon as I can”

by Paul Hensby

Josef Newgarden has been diagnosed with a fractured right clavicle and a small fracture of the right hand during his horror crash with Conor Daly during the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Newgarden was the innocent party as Daly lost control of his Dale Coyne Racing machine on the exit of turn four, turning his car into the Ed Carpenter Racing driver, who was unfortunate to be turned onto his side and pushed against the outside Safer barrier before coming to rest.

According to IndyCar medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Newgarden is set to be released from hospital to recover at home, with the young American looking forward to getting back in the car as soon as he is allowed to.

“Thank you to Dallara, INDYCAR, the Holmatro Safety Team and everyone we work with at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Newgarden. “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.”

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