Newgarden given all-clear to race at Road America

Josef Newgarden - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Josef Newgarden has been cleared to compete this weekend at Road America after the medical team assessed the young American after the conclusion of practice on Friday.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver had been cleared to participate in practice on the promise that he was reassessed at the end of the day that he was fit to race following his crash with Conor Daly at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month that saw him fracture his right clavicle.

But after finishing tenth in first practice and thirteenth in the second, Newgarden will now see out the rest of the weekend and take part in the first top-level American single seater racing at Road America since 2007.

Newgarden is now hoping for a strong weekend around the Elkhart Lake circuit, and is expecting to be in the hunt for the fast six shootout in qualifying on Saturday.

“We got through a lot of really good things today,” revealed Newgarden. “I feel really good about where we are at, we have a really fast car.

“We opted not to do another tire run there at the end and focus on doing more tomorrow and to have more tires later. We made some good changes in that session and I would be surprised if we aren’t near the top six tomorrow.”