O’Ward wins Iowa IndyCar race as Newgarden is hospitalized after crash

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Josef Newgarden collapsed within the motorhome lot following his late crash Sunday at Iowa Speedway and was taken to a Des Moines hospital by helicopter for analysis.

IndyCar medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows stated Newgarden was transported by helicopter to Mercy One Des Moines Medical Middle as a result of the infield care heart lacked the tools to correctly consider the Staff Penske driver, who minimize open the again of his head when he collapsed.

Billows stated Newgarden was awake and alert, however, the hospital was a 45-minute drive from the monitor and heavy site visitors for the post-race Blake Shelton live performance would have delayed the journey.

Newgarden dominated and led 148 of the 300 laps whereas making an attempt to brush the weekend. However one thing on his Staff Penske automobile broke with 64 laps remaining and the 31-year-old Tennessee driver spun exhausting into the surface wall — creating a gap for Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP to win the race.

Pato O’Ward, of Mexico, celebrates after profitable an IndyCar Sequence auto race, Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Picture/Charlie Neibergall)
(Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward received the second IndyCar race of the weekend at Iowa Speedway.)

Newgarden, a two-time IndyCar champion, was visibly rattled after his obligatory test within the infield care heart after the crash.

“Definitely was a bit of a shot. I want to cry, so sad for my team. I don’t know what happened,” Newgarden stated. “Everything felt fine to me. Totally unexpected and it caught me by my surprise. Team Penske is the best. I never have this stuff, so maybe we were due.

“We are able to’t afford it for this yr. However we’ll combat again. We’ve got an excellent crew right here.”

Chevrolet’s initial diagnosis was that the suspension broke on Newgarden’s car. There was no immediate word on the force in which Newgarden hit the outside wall.

Billows said Newgarden cleared all tests in the care center after the crash, and the medical staff spoke to him a second time before he returned to the motorhome lot. IndyCar also had planned to re-evaluate him Thursday in Indianapolis before he collapsed upon returning to the motorhome lot.

“Pondering of my bus brother proper now,” tweeted Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin.

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O’Ward made the pass for the win on pit road with a speedy stop by his Arrow McLaren SP team and held off Penske teammates Will Power and Scott McLaughlin for the win. It’s the second win of the season for the Mexican driver, who finished second on Saturday and remains firmly in the IndyCar title race with five races remaining.

O’Ward is fifth in the standings, 36 points behind leader Marcus Ericsson. His win halted Team Penske’s dominance on the 0.894-mile oval, where Roger Penske’s drivers had won six of the last seven races prior to Sunday.

finished fourth and was followed by teammate Jimmie Johnson, who raced hard with Indianapolis 500 winner Ericsson to earn his best finish through two seasons of IndyCar racing. Ericsson is also a Ganassi driver and Newgarden’s crash helped the Swede retain the lead in the IndyCar standings — making Johnson’s aggressive racing a bit nerve-racking for the Ganassi camp.

 

“I race my teammates with essentially the most respect I probably can, each race I have been in, I’ve given manner,” Johnson said. “That was actually the primary time I fought for place and felt like I ought to have been up there passing (Dixon). At present, I had it in me and I raced clear, exhausting, and simply had a superior day.”

Ericsson said Johnson’s experience on ovals was the difference. The seven-time NASCAR champion made 686 starts in a stock car and won 83 races.

“Yeah, you already know, he has a few extra oval races than me underneath his belt. I believe that’s what I used to be considering when he was battling me,” Ericsson said. “On a regular basis I used to be making an attempt to form of make him go in my soiled air. Each time I appeared in my mirror, he was inside, out, inside, out. Oh, my God. Step behind me, please.”

 

It was another podium sweep for Chevrolet, who did it on Saturday with Newgarden, O’Ward and Power.

Newgarden was scored as the points leader at the time of his crash and dropped to a tie with Dixon for third in the standings following his crash. There are five drivers separated by 36 points in the standings, and Ericcson leads Power by eight points.

Team owner Bobby Rahal had been noticeably absent from the track for nearly two months and confirmed Sunday that the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner underwent a triple bypass.

Rahal told The Associated Press he went for a routine annual physical on May 5 and doctors discovered he’d unknowingly suffered a heart attack — maybe two — and found 100% blockage in his left anterior descending artery.

Rahal assumed surgery would be immediate but it actually didn’t happen until June 6. He appeared slimmed down ahead of Sunday’s race, only the second IndyCar race the owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan has attended since that May physical.

“Shocked he leaked the information, however nonetheless it has been an intense couple months for our household,” son Graham Rahal wrote on Twitter. “We’re extremely fortunate to nonetheless have dad with us, very fortunate, however now he is good for an additional 100k miles we expect! Many had requested the place he is been, now you’ve got your reply.”