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.”

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.