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Newgarden cleared for rest of weekend at Road America


during Star-Telegram Qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jonathan Ferrey

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Josef Newgarden has been cleared to participate for the remainder of the weekend at the KOHLER Grand Prix.

The driver of the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing ran both practice sessions on Friday and ended 15th on the combined timesheets, after being cleared on Thursday to run the sessions. The implication was clear he’d be running when he was listed on the entry list.

He held a brief media availability earlier Friday noting still a bit of pain in his hand, but expressed a desire to keep going. JR Hildebrand is on site as standby for the ECR team this weekend, having tested the car earlier this month following Newgarden’s accident in Texas.

INDYCAR released the news late Friday via social media.

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