Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden accepts that had the Firestone 600 been completed on June 11 he would have been classified in 22nd.
The rescheduled Firestone 600 takes place at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, 76 days after the original race date however since then Newgarden has moved up to third place in the series standings and took victory at the Iowa Speedway where he dominated the Iowa Corn 300.
Newgarden crashed on lap 43 following a heavy hit with Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly. The resulted accident saw Newgarden fracture his wrist and his clavicle but has continued to compete this season.
Newgarden is currently in third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings on 397 points, 11 ahead of reigning series champion Scott Dixon. There will be two races left after Texas with Watkins Glen next weekend and the double points season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.