Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas following a frightening double-impact crash during the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon (June 12).
According to USA Today Sports, the accident happened when Conor Daly's car lost traction exiting Turn 4. The car "then hooked toward the outside wall, which is where Newgarden’s car was passing him. The first contact took them hard to the right, then there was a secondary hit with Newgarden’s cockpit exposed to the wall."
Newgarden got out of the damaged car on his own before reaching for his right shoulder then slumping to the ground. He was taken to the track's care center by ambulance before being taken to the hospital.
Jay Frye, IndyCar president of competition and operations said, “The car appeared to do what it was supposed to do, the SAFER barriers did what they’re supposed to do. Thank goodness (Newgarden) is OK."
Newgarden is being evaluated for right shoulder and right hand injuries.
Conor Daly was not injured and told reporters that he talked to Newgarden in the care center.
“I apologized to him in there because it was my mistake, for sure,” Daly said. “He’s a tough kid; I grew up with him. I feel so bad. To ruin someone’s race is never good.”
See the footage of the scary accident in the video below.
We wish Josef Newgarden a full and speedy recovery.
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