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Ferrucci on standby for Penske IndyCar group if Newgarden isn’t cleared

Following his heavy shunt whereas main the second race at Iowa, and later transient lack of consciousness, Newgarden was taken to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Heart, the place he stayed in a single day.

The 2017 and 2019 champion was launched this morning to return dwelling to Nashville.

Nonetheless, per IndyCar Collection protocols, Newgarden will likely be re-evaluated by the IndyCar Medical Workforce on Thursday to find out his standing for the Gallagher Grand Prix on the IMS street course.

Ought to Newgarden not be cleared to race, Ferrucci will take the wheel of the #2 PPG Workforce Penske-Chevrolet.

Ferrucci has amassed 43 IndyCar begins with 4 of those occurring on the IMS street course the place he has emerged with two high 10 finishes.

His profession greatest IndyCar end is fourth, and his greatest end result on a street/road course is sixth, racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda.

 Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet, crash

Josef Newgarden, Workforce Penske Chevrolet, crash

Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Ought to Penske should utilise Ferrucci, it’ll imply the 24-year-old from Woodbury, CT, could have competed for 4 groups this 12 months.

He subbed for Jack Harvey at Rahal Letterman Lanigan in Texas Motor Speedway after the Briton’s heavy shunt in observe, and completed an excellent ninth after ranging from the again of the grid.

He then raced for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing on the Indy 500, alongside Sage Karam because the native group expanded to 2 automobiles, and Ferrucci delivered a 10th place end.

He then additionally stood in for Callum Ilott at Detroit, after the rookie injured his hand in a crash on the 500.

A failure to begin this weekend would severely injury Josef Newgarden’s championship probabilities.

Regardless of successful 4 races this 12 months (nobody else has scored greater than two), he lies third within the factors, 34 behind Chip Ganassi Racing’s Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, however solely 10 factors forward of sixth positioned Alex Palou (additionally Ganassi), with whom he fought in useless for the 2021 title.

So a DNS would imply Newgarden would probably slip to sixth within the factors race, and would then have simply 4 extra rounds during which to overtake 5 drivers.

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