On Monday night, the Daytona 500 ended with a horrifying crash that sent NASCAR driver Ryan Newman to the hospital. Initial reports suggested Newman suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Newman was lucky to escape with his life after his car flipped over and skid upside down, throwing sparks all over the track. He was taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach following the accident.
NASCAR released an update on Newman as of Monday night announcing Newman remained in “serious” condition. On Tuesday afternoon, Roush Racing released another positive update on Newman’s condition.
“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,” the statement read.
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— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 18, 2020
Newman led in the final lap and seemed primed to take the checkered flag when he was nudged from behind. The nudge caused Newman to lose control, resulting in the terrifying accident.
Denny Hamlin went on to win the race for the third time in his career. Hamlin immediately sent a message, praying for Newman’s recovery.
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.