Quick Bit: Newgarden was lucid after the wreck, but collapsed and suffered a head abrasion shortly after an interview with NBC.

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Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden collapsed shortly after being involved in a wreck during Sunday’s IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway, suffering a head abrasion. He was released from the hospital Monday morning.

Newgarden, who led for most of Sunday’s race, was airlifted to Mercy One Des Moines Medical Center in Des Moines for further evaluation.

The 31-year-old was awake and communicating with infield officials prior to his collapse. According to race officials, Newgarden was airlifted to the hospital only out of an abundance of caution. The drive to Des Moines Medical Center was a 30-plus mile journey. With heavy post-race traffic, medical officials wanted to ensure Newgarden was treated as soon as possible.

“(Newgarden) fell at his hauler, and he struck his head, and we want to send him downtown for further evaluation because we don’t have the ability to get more advanced imaging or radiographs,” IndyCar medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said. “But he’s awake and talking to us.”

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Newgarden suffered the crash on Lap 236, spinning into the wall after trying to make it around one of the track’s bends. Newgarden’s car collided with the wall, sending pieces of the rear flying into the air.

Chevy officials believed the wreck had to do with a right-rear suspension failure. And while the crash appeared to be high-impact, Newgarden was lucid, even speaking to NBC’s broadcast shortly after the collision.

All scans conducted at Mercy One came back negative, according to Team Penske, and he has since been released from the hospital. Given the nature of his head injury, Newgarden is scheduled to be evaluated for concussion-like symptoms on Thursday.

Santino Ferrucci will be on standby for Saturday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway if Newgarden isn’t cleared to participate.

Billows said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we want to make sure he doesn’t have any kind of head injury,” Billows said.

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