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IndyCar race postponed after rain, frightening crash

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FORT WORTH, Texas — IndyCar driver Josef New­garden broke his right collarbone in a scary crash Sunday after his car was slammed to its side and slid along the frontstretch wall with the top of the cockpit exposed.

Newgarden also had a small fracture in his right hand from the crash. His car was crushed after Conor Daly's car got loose and snapped into Newgarden's.

"I'm banged up a little bit, but I'm generally okay," Newgarden said in a statement. "I am feeling a little pain, but I hope to be ready to rock and go again soon."

Newgarden was transported from the track to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas after the accident. He was expected to be released Sunday evening.

The race never went green again after the accident on Lap 42 of the Firestone 600. Workers were still doing repairs to the SAFER barrier when the race was red flagged after 71 laps as a thunderstorm moved in. With more rain possible today, the resumption of the race was scheduled for Aug. 27.

Daly's car got loose coming out of Turn 4 and ran into Newgarden. After the initial contact, the cars started drifting down the track before pushing back up with Newgarden's car on its side when hitting and sliding along the wall.

Daly was taken to the infield care center, where he was checked and cleared: "I apologized to (Newgarden) in there because it was my mistake, for sure. He's a tough kid; I grew up with him. I feel so bad."

F1: Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix, earning his second straight victory. It was the fifth victory on Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for Hamilton and the 45th of his career in the series. His Mercedes started on the pole, but Sebastian Vettel jumped in front at the start and led for the first half of the race. After the Ferrari gave up the lead with a pit stop in Lap 38, he spent the rest of the 70 laps trying to catch Hamilton. The win put Hamilton within nine points of teammate Nico Rosberg.

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. That was for Ali," Hamilton radioed in seconds after winning, a tribute to boxing great Muhammad Ali, who died June 3.

"Obviously, in Formula One, there was no one of the same color as us as a family, so it was another athlete for me to look up to," Hamilton, who is black and grew up in England, said of Ali. "I think he was just a unique, iconic individual who had a character unlike anyone else's. And everyone aspired to be like him."

NHRA: Angelle Sampey raced to her first Pro Stock Motor­cycle victory since 2007, winning at the Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J. Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel, Ron Capps in Funny Car and Greg Anderson in Pro Stock.

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