Ryan Newman was involved in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday, sending his car flipping into the air. Newman was rushed to Halifax Medical Center where he is currently being treated.
Late Monday, Newman was in serious condition with non life-threatening injuries, his racing team said in a statement. Roush Fenway Racing provided an update on the driver’s condition Tuesday, saying he is “awake and speaking with family and doctors.” The team also expressed their “appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country,” adding they will “continue to provide information as it becomes available.”
Newman was leading the race when he was hit from behind by Ryan Blaney. The impact sent Newman’s Ford into the outer wall, causing it to flip over and skid along the track on its roof for some distance. The vehicle was then struck by another car, sending it up into the air. Newman eventually skidded to a halt while sparks, smoke and flames could be seen coming from the vehicle.