Ryan Newman was poised to win the Daytona 500 before a scary crash on the final lap where his car went airborne, spinning multiple times before bursting into flames when it landed.
Initially, little was known about Newman’s health except that he was transported from the car to an ambulance and taken to an area hospital, per Fox. WESH 2’s Claire Metz reported that Newman is in stable condition after the accident.
“A bit of news on @RyanJNewman following horrific crash @DISupdates…sources say he is stable,” Metz reported on Twitter.
Shortly after, NASCAR released a statement on Newman and detailed that the injuries suffered in the crash are not life-threatening.
It was a scary end to the Daytona 500, as Newman was not shown getting out of his car during the broadcast. Denny Hamlin edged out Ryan Blaney to win the Daytona 500, but fans are concerned about Newman’s health given how dangerous the crash looked.
Ryan Newman Was Taken to the Hospital, But Few Details Have Been Reported on His Condition
WFTV’s Joe Kepner reported that a Penske employee told him Newman is awake after the crash.
“Heard crowd cheering but couldn’t see much. One of Newman’s crew said he didn’t know if he was okay as he walked by. A Penske employee told me he is awake. #Daytona500…Sounds like they are taking Newman straight to a hospital. Still no update on his condition. #Daytona,” Kepner noted in a series of tweets.
Here is another look at the horrific crash.
After the race, driver Clint Bowyer took to Twitter to offer a heartfelt message.
“This s— is real. We’re all on the road together doing what we love. Please let @RyanJNewmanbe ok here. ?,” Bowyer tweeted.
Here is a look at the emergency personnel surrounding Newman’s car after the race.
Spectrum News’ Nicole Griffin reported that it appeared Newman was rushed to Halifax Health.
“Activity at Halifax Health following #Daytona500 crash. We believe Ryan Newman just arrived. Rushed into trauma entrance, escorted by deputies. No word on his condition @MyNews13,” Griffin reported on Twitter.
Ryan Blaney Noted He Was Trying to Push Newman Into the Lead
Blaney was emotional after the race and expressed his concern over Newman’s health. The driver noted he was trying to push Newman to a victory, since they both drive Fords, but explained their bumpers became tangled, which led to the crash.
“We pushed Newman there to the lead and then we got a push from the 11 … I was committed to just pushing him to the win and having a Ford win it and got the bumpers hooked up wrong. It looked bad,” Blaney noted, per ESPN.
Roush Yates Engines encouraged people not to speculate on Newman’s condition until an official statement had been released.
“We ask that out of respect for privacy that you please do not speculate on Ryan Newman’s condition until an official statement has been issued by @NASCAR, @FordPerformance, or @RoushFenway racing. Thank you,” Roush Yates Engines tweeted.
Hamlin spoke after the race about feeling for Newman despite finding Victory Lane.
“’Ryan’s a tough guy’ Denny Hamlin speaking room the media now after winning the #Dayton500. Says he’s like everyone else just waiting for an update on Newman,” Kepner explained on Twitter.