Josef Newgarden crash video: IndyCar under pressure over new aero kits after a third high-speed crash during Indy 500 practice

Newgarden's terrifying accident comes just a day after Helio Castroneves suffered a similar accident and England driver Pippa Mann had her own high-speed off

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IndyCar is under pressure to explain why three serious crashes have occurred at high speed during practice for the Indy 500 after Josef Newgarden became the latest to flip his car on the high-speed super speedway.

Just a day after Brazil’s Helio Castroneves walked away from a scary crash at the Indianapolis Speedway that saw him flip upside-down, Newgarden suffered an even heavier crash that sparked fears for the drivers’ safety.

The accident happened at the same corner as Castroneves’ accident and saw Newgarden lose control before spearing towards the outside concrete wall. Englishwoman Pippa Mann suffered a crash on Wednesday, although she blamed herself rather than the new aero kit that has been introduced this season.

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Josef Newgarden enters turn one on the racing line

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Newgarden loses control of the rear of the car and spins

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Newgarden collides with the rear of the car smashing into the concrete barrier

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Newgarden's car takes off after wind gets underneath the rear wing

"I'm still trying to gather my thoughts from it," said Newgarden, who was checked over at the Indianapolis medical centre before being released. "It definitely surprised me. Just lucky that everything's good and the Dallara tub held up pretty well.

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I don’t know what to think of it. We were just going out there for a run and it was a pretty crazy hit,” Newgarden added. “I don’t think there’s any concern right now but I haven’t even talked to my guys yet, so I’m not sure.”

Watch Helio Castroneves's crash here

“I was pretty impressed by the hit, it was a hard hit. I feel fine. I hit my hand a little bit and I think I got a bruise, but other than that, I’m fine. We make these cars as safe as we can … I feel very safe in them. We’re always looking for more, but i think they’re about as safe as we can make them right now.”

Chevrolet are looking into whether the new aero kits are to blame for the recent accidents ahead of Sunday’s qualifying session. The new designs coupled with speeds exceeding 230mph mean that drivers are at high risk whenever their cars appear to spin through 180-degrees, with the wind able to get under the rear-wing and lift the vehicle into the air.

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