SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Indianapolis 500 driver Josef Newgarden wrecked his car during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday afternoon.
He crashed his car into the wall in Turn 1.
He was able to get out of his car, and he was transported to the infield care center to be checked out. Less than 20 minutes later he was cleared and released to drive again.
"I'm feeling alright. I banged my left foot up a little bit, so it's going to be bruised. Totally fine. The car did its job like it always has. We got a great safety crew here in IndyCar and a great racing tub with Dallara. All the safety equipment that we do just makes the cars very reliable. I'm fine. Tough break for us in the No. 2 car with Team Penske. It's obviously not something you want to do on a day like today. A pretty nice day out, no big issues. Disappointed that we ran into a problem when we were coming in, so I haven't even had a chance to look at what happened. It seemed to just get a way from me when I was trying to get in and keep out of the way from guys behind me and that's really all I know," he said.
Newgarden isn't sure at this point what caused the crash.
"I just got called into the pits, so I was coming in and I didn't want to check up too much for the guys behind me and cause a problem, but it just seemed to get away from me. Until I get a chance to look at it, I'm not 100 percent sure what caused it.
"I feel bad for our guys, because we have extra work when we really don't want to be having extra work, so that's what's tough," he said.