NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was involved in a horrifying crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 tonight. Finally, we have an update on his condition.
Incredibly, despite the fact his car flipped over and skidded, catching on fire in the process, Newman is alive. He is currently being treated at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
The official update from Newman's team indicates he is in "serious" condition but doctors don't believe his injuries are life threatening. This is positively miraculous considering how bad the crash looked on television.
"We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privary of Ryan and his family during this time," reads the statement from Roush Fenway Racing. "We appreciate your patience and we will provide more information as it becomes available."
Newman was involved in a wreck down the final stretch of tonight's race. He was actually leading at the time of the crash. Denny Hamlin would go on to win the race for the third time in his career.
The 42-year-old Newman has competed in NASCAR races for the last two decades. He is the winner of the 2008 Daytona 500 as well as the 2013 Brickyard 400.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Newman and his family as he continues to recover.