A broken right clavicle and small fracture in his right wrist is what Josef Newgarden sustained following a horrific crash at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Those injuries are good news given the nature of the wreck and what could have been even worse, and Newgarden knows it.
In a statement, Newgarden said: “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 [Daly] 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.”
The crash happend on Lap 42 of the Firestone 600, which completed only 71 laps and will be resumed on August 27.
Coming out of Turn 4, rookie Conor Daly got loose and turned into Newgarden. Newgarden was pushed hard into the SAFER barrier wall, which softened what could have been an even worse blow.
Newgarden then 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. IndyCar officials then announced he would be airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.
The diagnosis came back with a broken collarbone and fracutre in his wrist, and Newgarden was expected to be released Sunday night.
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 sustain worse injuries.
“From what I can tell, it could have been a whole lot worse,” Carpenter said.