Texas Motor Speedway

Josef Newgarden taken to hospital following big crash at Texas Motor Speedway

Josef Newgarden, shown here during a testing session in May, was involved in a big accident Sunday.
Josef Newgarden, shown here during a testing session in May, was involved in a big accident Sunday. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

A scary accident happened on Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway involving IndyCar drivers Josef Newgarden and rookie Conor Daly.

Newgarden was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for what IndyCar officials described as further evaluation on right shoulder and right wrist injuries.

Coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 42, Daly got loose and turned hard into Newgarden. Newgarden was pushed hard into the SAFER barrier wall, which softened what could have been an even worse blow.

Newgarden had a secondary hit in which his cockpit was exposed to the wall. Both drivers managed to get themselves out of their cars after the crash. Daly walked off under his own power, while Newgarden went down to the asphalt holding his right shoulder.

Newgarden had to be taken off in a stretcher and waved to the crowd with his left hand as he entered an ambulance. Officials then announced that Newgarden would be transported to the hospital for further evaluation on his right wrist and right shoulder.

According to IndyCar, doctors diagnosed Newgarden with a broken right clavicle and a small fracture in his right hand. He is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday evening.

“The car held up great and the response from the safety team was amazing,” Newgarden said in a statement. “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.

“I’ll be back out there fighting as soon as I can. Luckily I am all right.”

Daly was cleared shortly after the accident, and took blame for it.

“I apologized to [Newgarden] in there [the infield care center] 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.”

Newgarden’s team owner and teammate, Ed Carpenter, was happy that Newgarden didn’t appear to suffer worse injuries.

“From what I can tell, it could have been a whole lot worse,” Carpenter said.