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Josef Newgarden left Texas Motor Speedway on a stretcher on June 12, 2016, after a dramatic crash with Conor Daly on Lap 43 of the Firestone 600.
Daly had got loose in Turn 4 and slid up the track into Newgarden. Newgarden’s No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet hit the wall out of Turn 4 and turned upside-down. He then slid back across the track and went into the wall head-first on the front straight.
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Newgarden was diagnosed with a broken collarbone and hand, but found himself back behind the wheel just two weeks later at Road America, where he placed eighth.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, he then won the Iowa Corn 300 just 28 days after his crash in Texas, leading a record 282 laps en route to victory.
Newgarden placed fourth in the overall points, and will be racing for Team Penske in 2017.