NASCAR driver Ryan Newman left the hospital less than 48 hours after his 200 mph Daytona 500 horror accident with his two young daughters on Wednesday.
A smiling Newman previously posed in his hospital dress with his girls, with his team tweeting: “The experienced driver is fully alert and walks around in Halifax Medical Center. True to his friendly nature, he also jokes with staff, friends and family while spending time with his two daughters. ”
Newman was in the final lap of the Daytona 500, Roush Fenway Racing, when his car was hit and caused a fiery wreck. He was hospitalized in Daytona Beach, Florida.
“Ryan and his family have expressed appreciation for concerns and genuine messages from around the country,” Roush Fenway tweeted earlier. “They are grateful for the continued support of the NASCAR community and beyond.”
A new photo on Wednesday showed Newman socks, jeans and a t-shirt and held the hands of his daughters after his happy escape.
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NASCAR driver Ryan Newman walked hand in hand with his two young daughters on Wednesday less than 48 hours after his 200 mph Daytona 500 horror accident that seriously injured him on Monday night
An earlier photo of a smiling Newman, standing behind his daughters, accompanied a tweet about his improving condition
Newman was pictured in the final round of the Daytona 500, Roush Fenway Racing, when his car was hit, creating a fiery wreck
Ryan (left) 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”
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.
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.
He was treated by doctors on Tuesday afternoon at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona, Florida
After the Newman vehicle landed after the first turn, it was immediately hit by No. 32 – powered by Corey LaJoie
The Newman car flew into the air after LaJoie cut it while they were running around the 500 km circuit at 195 mph on Monday
Flames soon started firing from Newman’s vehicle before he stopped and emergency teams flooded the track
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 fully recover 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 had previously 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 on the left. He and his wife, Krissie, separated after 16 years of marriage
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.”
“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. ”
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.
Corey LaJoie spoke about the crash on Tuesday. 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
“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 around 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.”