June 10th through July 10th; A 1-Month Timeline of Josef Newgarden’s Racing Life

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Friday, June 10th- 25-year old Josef Newgarden (below) qualifies 5th for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, coming off of a 4th place finish at Belle Isle, the previous Verizon IndyCar Series race, and a 3rd place finish at the Indianapolis 500, the previous Verizon IndyCar Series oval race. (Photo Credit: sportscoaster.com)indycar-texas-2016-josef-newgarden-ed-carpenter-racing-chevrolet.jpg

 

Saturday, June 11th- The Firestone 600 is under rain delay. The NBC Sports Network still put on a full-length (and somewhat extended) broadcast anticipating the race, and both the television crowd and Texas Motor Speedway crowd were thoroughly entertained as a bunch of drivers, led by Newgarden (below, middle with white, long-sleeved shirt), crossed the frontstretch and entered into the grandstands to give autographs and take pictures. The race ended up getting rescheduled for the following day. (Photo Credit: fox59.com)gettyimages-539504752.jpg

 

Sunday, June 12th- The Firestone 600 gets underway after another delay. Josef Newgarden leads a couple of laps before pitting and coming back out onto the track. The race goes under caution on lap 43 when the No. 18 car of Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly (upper right car) got loose out of turn 4 and spun into the No. 21 car of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden. (Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk)353A460700000578-3638031-image-a-49_1465830775226

 

Newgarden’s car (below, left) was flipped onto its side before being smashed into the SAFER barrier by Daly’s out-of-control machine, cockpit-first . Daly walks away from the wreck unharmed. (Photo Credit: sports.usatoday.com)newgarden-crash.jpg

 

Newgarden (below, middle) gets of his car with some help from the Holmatro Safety Crew before he crumbles to the ground in an evident state of shock. (Photo Credit: NBC Sports broadcast)Newgradan.PNG

 

Newgarden (below) is diagnosed with a fractured right wrist and a broken right clavicle and releases an Instagram post, talking about how he will need a bit of time to recover, but cannot wait to get back into an IndyCar. (Photo Credit: Newgarden’s Instagram account)Newgarden.PNG

 

Monday, June 13th- JR Hildebrand (below), the 2011 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, is announced to be the provisional replacement for Newgarden at the IndyCar race at Road America on Sunday, June 26th. (Photo Credit: IndyStar)635942493715640006-04-indy16-kk.jpg

 

Thursday, June 23th- Newgarden (below) is cleared to practice for the race at Road America on Sunday, June 26th. (Photo Credit: IndyCar)06-12-Newgarden-Pitlane-TEX

 

Friday, June 24th- Newgarden practices at Road America and is cleared to drive in the race on Sunday, June 26th. (Photo Credit: sports.usatoday.com)usp_indycar-_kohler_grand_prix-qualifying.jpg

 

The same day, it is announced that Newgarden and Daly will not be allowed to continue in the re-scheduled Firestone 600 (below) race on Saturday, August 27th. (Photo Credit: IndyCar)06-12-Red-Flag-PitLane.jpg

 

Saturday, June 25th- Newgarden (below) qualifies for the race at Road America the following day, but is penalized during qualifying and will have to start in 22nd place, which is last in the field. (Photo Credit: jsonline.com)b99750168z.1_20160624223716_000_g8mg5mic.1-0.jpg

 

Sunday, June 26th– Newgarden (below) starts in 22nd place and climbs a field-high 14 positions to finish in 8th place at Road America with a broken right hand and a broken clavicle. (Photo Credit: IndyCar)06-26-Newgarden-On-Course-RA

 

Saturday, July 9th- Newgarden qualifies on the front row for the Iowa Corn 300, a race which he finished in 2nd place at behind Ryan Hunter-Reay in both 2014 and 2015. (Photo Credit: edcarpenterracing.com)Josef-Newgarden-Iowa-Speedway-Qualifying.jpg

 

Sunday, July 10th- Newgarden (below middle) passes polesitter Simon Pagenaud at the end of lap 1 of 300 of the Iowa Corn 300, and never gets passed on the track after that. At one point, he laps every driver in the field except Pagenaud. He goes on to lead an IndyCar record 282 of the 300 laps of the race and wins the race for his 3rd career IndyCar victory, finishing over 4 seconds ahead of Will Power, shooting him into 2nd place in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, the highest he’s ever been. (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)josef-newgarden-wins-iowa-corn-300-race.jpg

 

From being seriously injured to getting on a roll, Newgarden will look to carry his momentum to the Honda Indy Toronto, which is on Sunday, July 17th. He won the race last year. What is next for Newgarden? Can he repeat at Toronto and continue his climb to the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, and potentially win his 1st Verizon IndyCar Series championship? (Photo Credit: FOX Sports)061415_motor_newgarden_2.vadapt.980.high.7.jpg

 

-Asher Fair