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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Daly & Newgarden Not Allowed To Complete Texas Event

INDYCAR announced Friday their reversed decision to not permit Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden to return to the field when the IndyCar Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway in August.

The Dale Coyne Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing cars were involved in a Lap 42 incident which resulted in 2 destroyed Dallara chassis.

The remaining cars will be allowed to use the car and engine of their choice with fuel and tire allotment TBD.

With 71 laps in the books the green flag will drop on the final 177 laps after a systems check by each car, a 25 minute practice followed by an autograph session in the afternoon. The practice will be broken up into two groups for 10 minutes a piece with 5 minutes at the end allotted to the entire field.

The IndyCars will return to Texas August 27.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Texas Race Postponed To August

The rain just wouldn't let up at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the Firestone 600 was postponed to Sunday at 1:06 pm local time.

Come Sunday afternoon the weepers were still weeping, causing a 40 minute delay, but the drivers were finally called to start their engines at 1:44pm.

An hour later the skies opened up, red flagging the race on Lap 71. With an ominous  forecast, INDYCAR made the decision to postpone the race to August 27th.

The one-day event will consist of an autograph session, practice and then the remaining 177 laps of the 600 km race at a time TBD. When the race picks up at Lap 71 the remaining order will consist of:

1 - James Hinchcliffe
2 - Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 - Mikhail Aleshin
4 - Will Power
5 - Ed Carpenter
6 - Gabby Chaves
7 - Helio Castroneves
8 - Charlie Kimball
9 - Carlos Munoz
10 - Juan Pablo Montoya

Both Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden, assuming he's medically cleared to drive, who were involved in a Lap 42 incident are expected to be allowed to return to the race.

Newgarden Okay After Scary Texas Crash

Nearing the end of lap 42 at Sunday's weather delayed Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar drivers Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden were involved in a scary crash.

Exiting Turn 4 Conor Daly got loose, over corrected and turned right into Josef Newgarden who was attempting to pass on the outside. The two slammed hard into the outside wall causing Newgarden's No. 21 to flip onto his right side. Following a long slide Newgarden's Dallara made wall contact again just prior to the start/finish line, this time head first. The DW12's rollhoop dug deep into the SAFER Barrier, tearing a large chunk of material out from the wall. His car continued to slide on it's side before coming to a stop at the exit of the tri-oval, flipping back onto what was left of his four wheels.

Daly exited his car under his own power and was checked, cleared, and released from the infield care center.

Newgarden got out of the car under much of his own power with some help from the Holmatro Safety Team. Standing and talking with the medical crew, Newgarden collapsed about 10 seconds after exiting the car. He was then sat back to his sidepod for further evaluation before being placed on a backboard to transported to the infield car center where he was awake and alert.

The 25-year-old was later airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas were he was diagnosed with a fractured right clavicle and a fracture to his right hand.

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

Newgarden is expected to be released tonight.