IndyCar has given a further update on Josef Newgarden’s condition following the Ed Carpenter Racing driver’s heavy crash during the Firestone 600 in Texas.
Newgarden was collected by Conor Daly’s spinning car on lap 42, making two heard hits with the SAFER barrier.
He was able to get out of the car with the help of marshals, before being attended to by his car. The Firestone 600 was eventually suspended due to rain and postponed to the 27 August.
Newgarden was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with a fractured right clavicle and small fracture to his right hand, IndyCar has now confirmed.
He is expected to be released from hospital tonight. “Thank you to Dallara, IndyCar, the Holmatro Safety Team and everyone we work with at Texas Motor Speedway," Newgarden said in the statement from IndyCar.
"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."
He also shared a message on social media from hospital: