Newgarden hospitalized for observation after Iowa crash

Team Penske provided an encouraging update on double NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden who was injured after sustaining a heavy crash while holding a commanding lead during Sunday’s race at Iowa Speedway.

The statement said: “Josef Newgarden was involved in an incident late in Sunday’s race at Iowa Speedway, after which he was evaluated and released from the infield care center. Following the conclusion of the race Newgarden lost consciousness and fell, sustaining a cut on the back of his head. Due to the 45-minute drive to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and the traffic outside the racetrack, the medical helicopter was determined to be the best mode of transportation. After being evaluated, all scans were negative. Newgarden will be held overnight for observation. Following IndyCar protocol, Newgarden will be evaluated by the IndyCar medical staff on Thursday.”

The next outing for IndyCar takes place on Friday at the Indianapolis road course. Newgarden currently holds fourth in the championship.