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The Verizon IndyCar Series and Texas Motor Speedway officials have postponed the remainder of the rained-out 2016 Firestone 600 until Saturday, August 27th.
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.
On August 27th, the race will resume where it left off, with all cars in their respective positions. Since some cars were on different pit strategies than others, we will have to wait and see from IndyCar what they will do about the tires and fuel loads for each of the drivers.