Ryan Newman Awake, Speaking After Horrific Daytona 500 Crash

Ryan Newman (Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Roush Fenway Racing released a statement Tuesday afternoon updating the condition of NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, who was involved in a horrific crash Monday on the final lap of the Daytona 500. 

The statement from Roush Racing read: 

“Ryan Newman remains under the care of doctors at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is awake and speaking with family and doctors. Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country. They are grateful for the unwavering support of the NASCAR community and beyond. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.” 

Newman, in his 19th full-time year in the NASCAR Cup Series, was racing for the lead with Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney coming to the checkered flag of Monday’s race, which had been rained out from Sunday. 

The crash took place just before 8 p.m. Late Monday night NASCAR’s chief of racing development Steve O’Donnell read a statement from Roush Racing which stated in part: “Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening.” 

Contact between Blaney and Newman sent Newman into the wall and then flipping airborne. While Newman’s car was upside down and off the ground it was hit in the driver’s compartment by the oncoming car driven by Corey LaJoie. 

“I think we take for granted sometimes how safe the cars are,” said Hamlin, who won the event. “But number one, we’re praying for Ryan. Worked really well with Ryan through this whole race, and obviously he got turned right there.” 

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  1. So glad to hear that Ryan is awake and speaking. Watching Race hub on FS1, they just showed replays of the wreck. Luckily his car was still about an inch off the ground when he was hit. That hit was right in the drivers window area, and the fact that the car kept moving may have been what saved his life. My prayers are for him and his family that he makes a full recovery. Really puts things in perspective when something like that happens. Get Well Soon Ryan Newman.

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