Surgeons used a metal plate to repair his collarbone.
“Even if kids aren’t into IndyCar racing all that much when they first read it, it shows that you can chase your dreams,” Workman said. “In those kinds of moments, I get a little claustrophobic. He viewed it in large part as a way to reach out to what he hopes will be a new set of IndyCar fans, or even drivers and team owners.
As it turns out, Newgarden didn’t have many doubts about his next move.
A book debut alone during a race weekend would have made for a busy few days for Newgarden.
In between the practices, the right-handed Newgarden signed autographs , etching out a modified “JN” with a brace protecting his right wrist.
With two weeks to prepare for Road America, just getting back to the track was a question, let alone signing autographs for a new book.
The 25-year-old driver had more pressing issues.
Top-five drivers in the IndyCar series standings aren’t often the subject of a children’s book.
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Up-and-coming IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden could be climbing a different kind of chart soon.
“I can’t tell if he’s been affected by the possibility of being on the New York Times best seller list just yet, but we’ll see,” Ed Carpenter, team owner of Newgarden’s No. “Naturally, there’s going to be kids who love racing and love cars, and we want to be able to reach those kids.”
Newgarden’s passion for racing started as a child, on a motorized scooter with friends. I knew what his motivation was,” Carpenter said. The next stop on the schedule is Iowa on July 10, allowing Newgarden an extra week to heal. “I knew it was going to be hard to keep him out of the car. “You get really excited about something like that, and be passionate about it.”
. The Newgarden book was born out of the author’s affinity for Road America, the 14-turn, four-mile long course in rural Wisconsin.
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Newgarden was alert through the crash, but passed out after getting out of the mangled wreck. I just wanted to be sure that we could do enough to get him ready to get him cleared, to get the doctors to be comfortable.”
“Just in the moment, you’re first thinking, ‘OK, no one else hit me,’” Newgarden said this week. He was fifth in the points race after Road America, where he had a respectable top-10 finish after a spin-out in qualifying forced him to start in 20th.
Newgarden broke his right clavicle and hurt his right wrist in a scary wreck at Texas on June 12, when his car slammed on its side and slid along the frontstretch wall with the top of the cockpit exposed.
“For me, it’s all about the next generation, coming up and filling the footsteps of people before them,” he said.
Newgarden has made steady improvement over his five years at IndyCar’s top level. He later switched to karts, and at age 20 won the lower-level Indy Lights title in 2011.
Newgarden jumped at the opportunity. It tells the story of how the personable Newgarden got his start behind the wheel, and also serves as an illustrative primer to kids about racing and the IndyCar series.
A week later, he was back in a simulator to test how he would feel behind the wheel. A fan-friendly personality made the young Newgarden the ideal subject, Workman said.
“His attitude was, ‘If I can drive a race car, I can sign with a Sharpie,’” recounted Chris Workman, who wrote and illustrated the book .
It was Workman’s second children’s book about the sport after illustrating one about the 24-hour race at Le Mans. After two practice runs around Road America, two days before the race, IndyCar cleared Newgarden to race.
“I was with him in the hospital Sunday night in Texas. 21 Chevy, said with a wry voice.
The book, “Josef, the Indy Car Driver,” debuted last weekend at Road America , where Newgarden finished eighth. For me personally, I don’t want to be in that space anymore.”
The wrist ended up being more of an issue than the collarbone through the weekend. Maybe that race will end for Newgarden will end up just like his new children’s book, where he overtook the leader on the last lap to take the checkered flag.
Workman , who lives in North Carolina, had a mutual friend with Newgarden and made contact around the time of the Indianapolis 500 last year to get in touch with the driver