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Newgarden released from hospital


Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden was released from a Des Moines hospital on Monday and returned to his Tennessee home, where he will wait for an evaluation to determine if he can race this weekend at Indianapol­is Motor Speedway. Team Penske named Santino Ferrucci as its standby driver in case Newgarden is not medically cleared to compete on the road course at Indianapol­is. Newgarden collapsed in the motorhome lot Sunday at Iowa Speedway following a late crash in a race he had dominated. Although the American was cleared by the IndyCar medical staff after his crash, he later lost consciousn­ess and fell to the ground in the bus lot, striking the back of his head. He was airlifted from the track in Newton to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center to speed the 45-minute journey and avoid traffic from the postrace Blake Shelton concert. Team Penske said Sunday night that all tests on Newgarden had been negative but he was hospitaliz­ed overnight for further evaluation. Newgarden was already scheduled for a Thursday evaluation in Indianapol­is.

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