DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Newman walked out of the hospital just two days after a crash in the final lap of the Daytona 500 sent him there.
Roush Fenway Racing, the stock car racing team Newman drives for, shared the happy news to Twitter Wednesday afternoon with a photo showing Newman being released from the hospital, walking hand in hand with his two daughters.
Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center pic.twitter.com/J0twhGgQm7— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020
Newman was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center on Monday after the crash and by Tuesday he was “awake and speaking with family and doctors," according to Roush Fenway.
Fellow driver Ryan Blaney pushed Newman’s car in the final lap causing it to cross the finish line upside down after it rolled, flipped and was struck on the driver’s side by another car.
“Drafting, blocking and bumping are essential elements of racing on NASCAR’s fastest tracks,” according to WESH. “The maneuver is delicate, and a few inches can turn victory into chaos.”
Corey LaJoie, the driver who hit Newman’s car after it rolled, posted a statement to Instagram saying in part, “I had no idea who I hit or the severity of it. I’m hearing very optimistic things on Ryan’s condition so your prayers are working guys, keep it rolling.”
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They say a picture is worth 1000 words. A lot of speculation as to what was going through my little noggin here. Here’s the facts. The wind was knocked out of me so I was catching my breath, I was wiggling my fingers and toes to make sure they were still connected, I was confused as my brain tried to process what my body just went through and I was hurting from the sub straps containing the force of the frontal impact. While I was down there I did send up a “thank you Jesus for your hand of protection” prayer and at that moment I had no idea who I hit or the severity of it. I’m hearing very optimistic things on Ryan’s condition so your prayers are working guys, keep it rolling.
Roush Fenway posted another update to Twitter Wednesday afternoon saying Newman had “been joking around with staff, friends and family,” in keeping with his “jovial nature.”