INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josef Newgarden has been cleared to qualify for Saturday’s IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after being re-evaluated by docs following Friday morning’s apply session.
The 2-time collection champ collapsed in his motorhome, putting the again of his head after crashing throughout final weekend’s race at Iowa and was airlifted to a hospital. Newgarden was main the race and in place to brush the 2 Iowa races when his suspension apparently broke, sending him spinning exhausting into the wall.
He was initially cleared on the infield care centre.
Collection officers gave Newgarden the OK to apply Thursday — with the stipulation he can be rechecked between apply and qualifying.
The favored 31-year-old driver from Tennessee posted the second-fastest lap in apply, finishing Indianapolis’ street course in 1 minute, 10.1121 seconds. He had Staff Penske’s quickest automotive.
Solely Alexander Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner, was quicker at 1:10.0919.
Qualifying is scheduled for later Friday.
Newgarden has received a series-best 4 races this season and is tied for third with Scott Dixon within the standings, 34 factors behind Marcus Ericsson of Sweden. Ericsson received this 12 months’s Indy 500.
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