Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly in big crash on Lap 42 of Firestone 600

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FORT WORTH – On Lap 42 of the Firestone 600, Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly were involved in a hard crash exiting Turn 4.

Daly’s car, which was running beneath Newgarden, snapped loose and drove straight into Newgarden, sending both cars into the wall. Newgarden then rolled over as Daly’s pushed it down the frontstretch and they collided with the wall again.

After Newgarden was helped from his car, the 25-year-old briefly stood with the support of safety crew members before slumping to the ground where he sat against his car. Newgarden was then placed on a stretcher and gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was placed in an ambulance.

Newgarden was initially announced as being taken to Harris Methodist Hospital for further evaluation of his right hand and right shoulder. But Newgarden is being transported by air to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Daly took full responsibility for the accident.

“I was the rookie that made the mistake,” Daly told CNBC. “Lost grip. Felt like I floated through the corner. It was my mistake. I should have recognized it.”

Daly said he was staying low on the track because he knew Newgarden was nearing him.

“I knew Josef was coming. I put too much load on the right rear,” Daly said. “He’s a tough kid. I felt so bad to ruin someone else’s race. You never want to take out someone else. ”

The accident took place right after the conclusion of the first round of green flag pit stops.

During the lengthy caution that followed, track crews worked to repair the SAFETY barrier on the frontstretch where Newgarden and Daly impacted the wall.

It has since led to a red flag for moisture, with the rain increasing.

Newgarden’s teammate and team owner Ed Carpenter told CNBC, “To be honest it doesn’t matter whose car it is. I saw it was bright green. You don’t care about the car. Sounds like he’s doing OK. From what I can tell it could have been a lot worse.”

Track president Eddie Gossage also addressed the accident with CNBC once the race was red flagged for rain.

“Did the (SAFER Barrier) save his life? Maybe, maybe not,” Gossage said, later adding, “All I know is that it appears that Josef Newgarden is OK, don’t know the total details of any injuries, if at all, but worth every penny today.”

Gossage said the foam that is in place in the wall, which must be replaced every three years, “had to be a little softer than it does for the bigger stock cars.”

NBC Sports presents IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday live at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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* Sunday’s Pre-Race Coverage Begins with IndyCar Live Presented by Verizon at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

* Pre-Race Coverage Includes Robin Miller Feature on Rookie Zach Veach, Following Career-Best Fourth-Place Finish at Long Beach

* CNBC Presents Live Qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, Airs on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 19, 2018 – NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend from Barber Motorsports Park with live coverage of the Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Pre-race coverage begins with IndyCar Live presented by Verizon at 3 p.m. ET.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) delivered a dominant performance at the Grand Prix of Long Beach last weekend, winning the pole and leading wire-to-wire for his third career victory, and third consecutive podium finish to start the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series campaign. Rossi currently leads Josef Newgarden (Penske) in the driver standings by 24 points. Newgarden won last year’s Grand Prix of Alabama, his second career win at Barber, while Rossi finished fifth.

This weekend’s live coverage from Barber Motorsports Park begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with qualifying on CNBC. NBCSN will air qualifying on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Sunday’s pre-race coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET with IndyCar Live presented by Verizon and will take place from the grid in the lead up to the command, bringing viewers even closer to the action prior to the race.

Pre-race coverage will include a feature by IndyCar on NBC pit reporter Robin Miller on rookie driver Zach Veach, who’s coming off a career-best fourth place finish at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Lead IndyCar play-by-play commentator Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s Grand Prix of Alabama, analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend BellMarty Snider, Robin Miller, Kevin Lee, and Katie Hargitt will report from the pits.

NBCSN will also present coverage of the Indy Lights race from Alabama late night on Monday, April 23, at 1:30 a.m. ET. Current IndyCar driver Conor Daly will join the NBCSN booth for the race broadcast, alongside Kevin Lee and Anders Krohn, with Katie Hargitt reporting from the pits.

Following is this weekend’s IndyCar schedule on NBCSN and CNBC:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., April 21 Grand Prix of Alabama – Qualifying LIVE CNBC 4 p.m.
Grand Prix of Alabama – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sun., April 22 IndyCar Live presented by Verizon NBCSN 3 p.m.
Grand Prix of Alabama NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
IndyCar Post-Race NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
Mon., April 23 Grand Prix of Alabama (Encore) NBCSN 12 p.m.
Indy Lights – Alabama NBCSN 1:30 a.m.

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