Close this search box.


Josef Newgarden Provisionally Cleared to Drive for Gallagher GP

Josef Newgarden at Toronto
Josef Newgarden at Toronto
Josef Newgarden is set to resume duties for this weekend’s Gallagher Grand Prix. Image courtesy of Chris Jones / Penske Entertainment

Josef Newgarden has passed his initial follow-up tests conducted by the NTT IndyCar Series’ medical team and is cleared to return to the cockpit of the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet for opening practice of this weekend’s Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The 31-year-old Tennessee native have to undergo another evaluation after the session to determine his status for the remainder of the weekend.

Newgarden was en route for a possible sweep in last weekend’s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. After winning Saturday’s opening race, he was out front once again for Sunday’s closing act until a suspected suspension failure enabled a violent spin that ended with a hard impact in the Turn 4 SAFER Barrier with less than 70 laps to go.

After being initially cleared by IndyCar’s medical team, the two-time series champion later lost consciousness and fell outside of his motor coach. He was then flown by helicopter to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, where he stayed overnight under observation prior to returning home.

While waiting out the process on the status of Newgarden’s fitness for this weekend’s 13th round of the 2022 season, Team Penske called Santino Ferrucci on standby duty. Ferrucci has made three appearances this season, all with three different teams, with two of those opportunities coming in as a substitute: Jack Harvey (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) at Texas and rookie Callum Ilott (Juncos Hollinger Racing) at Detroit).

However, Newgarden has been provisionally cleared to begin the weekend’s festivities as a statement from IndyCar read, “Following the event at Iowa Speedway and per INDYCAR protocol, the driver of the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet, Josef Newgarden, was evaluated this afternoon by IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows.

“The examination determined that Newgarden is cleared to participate in tomorrow’s NTT IndyCar Series practice session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Newgarden will be re-evaluated after the session to determine if he’s cleared to resume all racing activities for the remainder of the Gallagher Grand Prix event.”

Newgarden currently sits third in the championship standings, 34 points behind leader Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing.

share it

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Post

Inspection Complete: Kyle Larson Wins 2024 Brickyard 400
Kyle Larson Gets Redemption for Thwarted 'Double' with Brickyard 400 Win
big crash video Brickyard 400 overtime Denny Hamlin Alex Bowman John Hunter Nemechek Daniel Hemric Chase Briscoe
Video: MASSIVE Crash Erupts in Turn 1 on Brickyard 400 Overtime Attempt
Brickyard 400 crash video Joey Logano Jimmie Johnson Carson Hocevar Ryan Blaney Austin Dillon 2024
Video: Hocevar's Three-Wide Move Leads to Blaney Colliding With Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano
Video: Martin Truex, Jr. Smacks Wall in Turn Three; Josh Berry Crashes in Aftermath 
William Byron crash Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway video Chase Briscoe Harrison Burton AJ Allmendinger
Video: William Byron Wiped Out in Multi-Car Melee on Lap 74 of Brickyard 400

Join Our Newsletter

Ready to have NASCAR news hand-delivered to your email daily?

Related Article