Josef Newgarden breaks right collarbone in scary crash at Texas

FORT WORTH -- The rain-postponed Firestone 600 IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway suffered another setback when Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden crashed heavily Sunday on the 42nd of a scheduled 248 laps.

Newgarden had his Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet lined up to make an outside pass on Daly's Dale Coyne Racing Honda near the start/finish line of the 1.5-mile oval when Daly's car snapped violently to the right. It drove Newgarden's car onto its right side and into the outside wall.

The cars separated before Daly's car again drove Newgarden's car into another top-first impact with the SAFER barrier on the outside of the track. A small fire that broke out in the engine compartment of Newgarden's car was quickly extinguished by the IndyCar safety team.

Daly quickly emerged from his damaged car, but Newgarden required assistance to get out of his more heavily damaged machine. Newgarden pointed to his shoulder, and after sitting on the track for a few minutes receiving medical attention, he was transported to the infield care center prior to being airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

IndyCar reported that Newgarden sustained a fractured right clavicle and a small fracture in his right hand. He was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday evening.

"Thank you to Dallara, INDYCAR, the Holmatro Safety Team and everyone we work with at Texas Motor Speedway," Newgarden said in a statement. "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."

After the incident between Daly and Newgarden, only 71 of the scheduled 248 laps were completed before a thunderstorm hit the track. With a 50 percent chance of more rain Monday, IndyCar rescheduled the race for Aug. 27.

Newgarden, 25, from Nashville, Tennessee, is a two-time winner on the IndyCar circuit. He is fourth in the 2016 standings and has four top-four finishes in eight starts.

"He's a tough kid; I grew up with him. I felt so bad," Daly said. "To ruin someone else's race is never cool. So, my bad."

Newgarden's team owner, Ed Carpenter, added: "From what I can tell, it could have been a whole lot worse. As team owner, you don't really care about the car, and we'll go see him later [Sunday night]."

Daly, a 24-year old from Noblesville, Indiana, is in his first full IndyCar season. The son of former Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Derek Daly earned a career-best second-place finish eight days ago in Detroit.

"I was the rookie to make a mistake," Daly said. "The car was really consistent. It was fantastic and we were making great progress. Just didn't expect that slide at all. I mean, we were consistently running, running, running, and all of a sudden the rears just totally lost grip. It felt like I floated all the way through the corner. It was all my mistake and I should have recognized it. Just a rookie mistake.

"I was trying to stay a little bit lower because I knew Josef was coming," he continued. "So maybe by just pinching it a little bit I just put too much load on the right rear, because although the car was quite good, it was on the edge in 3-4 all the time. I apologize to him because it was my mistake for sure."

The Firestone 600 was scheduled to run Saturday night, but track officials were unable to get the track dry after heavy rain earlier in the afternoon. After Newgarden and Daly crashed Sunday, the field circulated under yellow behind a pace car for around 30 laps during barrier repairs until rain returned to the area and the red flag was displayed on Lap 71, with James Hinchcliffe posted as the leader.