NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is alert and talks after his car was hit during the last lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday, causing a fiery wreck.
Newman stays at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, but Roush Fenway Racing confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he was “awake and talking to family and doctors.”
“Ryan and his family have expressed appreciation for concerns and genuine messages from around the country,” tweeted Roush Fenway. “They are grateful for the continued support of the NASCAR community and beyond.”
Roush Fenway said that he is still being looked after by doctors and that they would continue to provide information as soon as updates become available.
Ryan Newman is ‘awake and talking to family and doctors’ after a Daytona 500 crash Monday (photo)
Ryan and his family “have expressed appreciation for concerns and genuine messages from around the country.” Roush Fenway tweeted: “They are grateful for the continued support of the NASCAR community and beyond”
He was treated by doctors on Tuesday afternoon at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona, Florida
Newman turned hard in the wall after being knocked a few hundred feet from the finish by Ryan Blaney from behind. Newman’s No. 6 Ford Mustang then turned on the roof, where he was helpless when he was walled in the driver’s side by another car at 190 km / h.
It steered its car back, and LaJoie, behind him, bumped into the driver’s side of the Newman vehicle.
Newman’s Mustang turned around several times and started spitting flames. He was then pulled out of the wreck for nervous crowds and immediately taken to the hospital.
He is expected to fully recover.
President Trump tweeted Monday night that he “prayed” for the 42-year-old driver.
On Tuesday morning during an interview with Good morning America, LaJoie said it was “very scary” what had happened.
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Corey LaJoie spoke Tuesday about the crash (left). He cut Ryan Newman’s vehicle after it hit the wall of the track. The collision caused Newman’s car to fly into the sky with a fiery wreck
How it all happened: Newman’s car was bumped into a wall at high speeds, turning it over and falling back
After the Newman vehicle landed after the first turn, it was immediately hit by No. 32 – powered by Corey LaJoie
Newman’s car flew into the air after LaJoie cut it while racing around the Daytona 500 track on Monday night
Flames soon started firing from Newman’s vehicle before he stopped and emergency teams flooded the track
Newman was trapped in the smoking wreck and must be cut off from the vehicle
A crowd of rescuers pulled Newman out of the wreck and immediately put him in an ambulance
The nervous crowd watched as Newman was placed in the ambulance and then driven off the track to go to the hospital
“He is clearly in a serious condition, because that is probably the most vulnerable place in our racing cars that was really a scary wreck.
‘It was wild, I didn’t even know who I was, because you concentrate on trying to get a good finish and nobody knows how fast 200 km / h or how light or uncontrolled these cars are.
“I didn’t even know who I hit or what the extent of the crash was.
“[It was a] very scary crash, but the fact that he is still with us and trying to recover fully is just a testament to NASCAR and how safe they are trying to make these racing cars, “he said.
President Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that he was praying for Newman
NASCAR issued a statement saying: “Ryan Newman is being treated at the Halifax Medical Center.
“He is in a serious condition, but doctors have indicated that his injuries are not life-threatening.
“We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this period.”
Newman has in the past filed complaints about the safety of the NASCAR tracks.
He is a harsh critic of NASCAR’s struggle to keep cars on the ground, and was even fined for public comments that the sanction agency considered negative.
In 2010, he said fans shouldn’t even go to the track to see races at Talladega.
Denny Hamlin, who rushed to victory, unaware of what had happened on the track behind him, was criticized for having celebrated so quickly when Newman’s condition was unknown
When the FedEx team realized what had happened and how serious it was, they cut their parties into shock
They all crawled together in prayer for Newman. A screen capture of that moment is shown above
Team owner Joe Gibbs (left) is pictured with Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin (right) after the race. Gibbs apologized for celebrating the win while Newman was taken to the hospital
Indigenous Indiana, who graduated with an engineering degree from Purdue, said earlier during Speedweeks that he felt renewed in his second year at Roush Fenway Racing.
“It’s all about competitiveness and fun,” he said. “I want to have fun with my life. If I can enjoy doing it in this garage and getting paid the way I feel I deserve to be paid, then I am all for it. It must be fun and rewarding in more than one way.
“I do the past when I said I was going to do it 10 years ago. I don’t know how to give the answer anymore, I really don’t. I have always said 40 and I am now 42. “
On Monday evening, after the wreckage, Denny Hamlin went on to win the race in his No. Toyota Camry for the second consecutive season, causing NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs to celebrate wildly at the finish line.
However, Gibbs now apologized for the victory over the victory and said he did not know how serious the Newman accident was.
Newman, nicknamed ‘Rocket Man’, is the father of two young daughters, who regularly follow him from the sidelines of the circuit. They are shown in 2016
Meanwhile, Hemlin appeared gloomy after his victory and told the assembled press: “I think sometimes we take for granted how safe the cars are and number one, we pray for Ryan.”
Newman announced last week that he and his wife, Krissie, had split up after 16 years of marriage
“It’s a strange balance between excitement and happiness for yourself, but a person’s health and family is greater than any win in a sport. We just hope for the best. “
Newman, nicknamed “Rocket Man,” is the father of two young daughters who, by his side before the Sunday race, started just one day late due to rain.
Other drivers were also struck by concerns in the aftermath of the smash, including a rattling Corey LaJoie – the driver who hit Newman’s car as it turned.
“Dang, I hope Newman is okay,” he posted on Twitter. “That is in the worst case and I could not go anywhere else than smoke.”
It wasn’t the first crash like this for Newman on Daytona or on another super speed road, the Talladega circuit in Alabama. His car went up and turned repeatedly in the Daytona 500 of 2003. He landed in it on his roof and did it again in Talladega in 2009.
Newman also announced last week that he and his wife had split up after 16 years of marriage.
“I just feel refreshed in general, the team, the people, the opportunities, the sponsors,” he said.
“That all makes a big difference to me. We have to perform better.
‘Just because we have performed better than in the past, this does not mean that it meets my standards and goals.
“I feel like we have to step it up and that’s a big part of me that wants to keep doing what I do.”