NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was involved in an absolutely horrifying crash on Monday night. The 42-year old was in contention to win the Daytona 500, but wound up spinning out and flipping over, with his car catching fire.
Denny Hamlin would go on to win the huge race. Of course, most attention post-race has been on Newman's condition, and understandably so. On Monday night, he was in "serious condition," but luckily it was determined that his injuries were not life threatening. Today, we got more good news on Newman's status, from his Roush Fenway Racing team:
"Ryan Newman continues to show great improvement after Monday night's last lap accident at Daytona International Speedway," the team's release reads. "The veteran drive is fully alert and walking around Halifax Medical Center. True to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends, and family while spending time playing with his two daughters."
Newman's wife Krissie responded to the statement, posting a picture of the racer with his two daughters. He definitely looks to be doing well, all things considered, and in pretty good spirits. It's a great sign, given how bad things looked.
Newman looked to be in contention to take home his second Daytona 500 before the crash. He won the event back in 2008.
The 42-year old has 657 races under his belt, dating back to 2000.