Firestone 600 Under Rain Delay

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After having a washout yesterday, the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Texas Motor Speedway to attempt to run the 2016 Firestone 600 today. After getting a portion of the race underway, 71 laps out of a scheduled 248 to be exact, around the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval in Fort Worth, Texas, the race was red-flagged due to a downpour and thunderstorm.

The race went under caution on lap 42 when the No. 18 car of Conor Daly got loose out of turn 4 and spun into the No. 21 car of Josef Newgarden. Newgarden’s car was flipped onto its side before being smashed into the SAFER barrier by Daly’s out-of-control machine, cockpit-first.

Daly walked away from the wreck unharmed. Newgarden got out of his car with some help from the Holmatro Safety Crew before crumbling to the ground in an evident state of shock. He has since been transported to a local hospital for examinations on one of his shoulders and wrists. He is fully awake and conscious, which is a blessing.

We will update you when we receive information as to whether or not the race will continue, and if so, when.

-Asher Fair