Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Direct Supply Chevrolet who just two weeks ago broke his collarbone and wrist in an accident during the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway following a collision with Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly.
Following the accident it looked like Newgarden’s season was over with Ed Carpenter Racing confirming that JR Hildebrand was on standby to drive the No.21 Chevrolet.
Newgarden underwent surgery following the crash and hand a plate and 13 screws inserted into his collarbone and within a few days said that he was aiming to be back in the car for the Kohler Grand Prix.
Last Thursday before the race weekend Newgarden was evaluated by the IndyCar medical team and passed fit to drive in practice and then was also cleared to participate in the entire race weekend. The 25 year old suffered a small crash in qualifying on Saturday which he described as a silly mistake.
Newgarden started the race in the No.21 Direct Supply Chevrolet from 20th place and did a fantastic job in the race to finish the race in eighth place just ahead of his team mate Spencer Pigot.
Newgarden is in fifth place in the series points standings on 283 points just two points behind reigning series champion Scott Dixon who retired from the race at Road America.
With seven races left this season Newgarden has secured two podium finishes so far and is 92 points behind series leader Simon Pagenaud who he finished ahead of at the weekend as the Frenchman suffered an engine issue while challenging team mate Will Power and Tony Kanaan for the lead of the race.
For the next race the Iowa Corn Indy at Iowa Speedway Newgarden will be joined by team owner Ed Carpenter who competes on the oval circuits during the season with Spencer Pigot