Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden has been cleared to take part in practice on Friday at Road America by IndyCar’s medical staff. Whether he will be able to take part in Sunday’s race remains to be determined, however.
The Tennessean suffered a fractured right clavicle and a small fracture in his right hand in a frightening crash June 11 during the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, which was subsequently suspended by rain. He has been undergoing treatment at the Indiana Orthopedic Hospital by IndyCar consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid.
According to the team, “Newgarden will be re-evaluated following practice to determine a course of action for the remainder of the race weekend. Should Newgarden not be able to participate in the KOHLER Grand Prix, Ed Carpenter Racing will have JR Hildebrand at Road America to drive the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet.”
RACER‘s Robin Miller reported earlier this week that it’s believed Newgarden might need to utilize some kind of a brace for his right hand, which suffered a hairline fracture on the top of it and was badly swollen.
Practice opens Friday at Road America, with live coverage on NBCSN beginning at 12 p.m. ET.