Josef Newgarden Air-Lifted to Des Moines-area Hospital Following Iowa IndyCar Race

Credit: Penske Entertainment/Joe Skibinski
More than an hour after falling out of Sunday's Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 of the NTT IndyCar Series at Iowa Speedway, Josef Newgarden reportedly fainted near his team's Penske van, hit his head and died transported by helicopter to a hospital in the Des Moines area for further evaluation. according to various media reports from the route.
Newgarden was leading Sunday's race and appeared set for a weekend after winning Saturday's race when he crashed on lap 236 of the 300-lap race.
Apparently, part of Newgarden's car's rear suspension failed, causing it to spin and hit hard against the outer bulkhead on the driver's side of the car.
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It's unclear if his feint was related to the aftermath of the crash, but he appeared sane and well when interviewed by NBC/USA after exiting Infield Medical Center about 15 minutes after the accident.
"It definitely shook me," Newgarden said after leaving Infield Medical Center. "I was shaken up a bit but I'm fine. We have great security with IndyCar and the car has held up well. So it wasn't that bad, but it's never nice to hit a wall while flat chatting. We will pick up the pieces and move on.”
Newgarden won the first half of the IndyCar doubleheader on Saturday and finished 24th on Sunday. O'Ward won Sunday's race after finishing second on Saturday.

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