Ryan Newman in serious condition after fiery Daytona 500 crash
Injuries not life-threatening, doctors say
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Newman is recovering at a Central Florida hospital after a fiery crash at the end of the Daytona 500.
Roush Fenway said he is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life-threatening.
He was rushed to Halifax Medical Center after the crash.
“We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available,” Roush Fenway said in a statement.
Newman’s No. 6 car went airborne in overtime of the race.
“Let’s say thank you to Halifax Health & every single person involved in getting Ryan help in his time of need! Thank you for your compassion & and prayers of healing. Keep them coming,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood posted on Twitter.
Earlier in the night, Sheriff Chitwood asked everyone to say a prayer for Newman.
UPDATE: With NASCAR officially announcing @RyanJNewman's injuries are NOT life-threatening, let's say THANK YOU to @HalifaxHealth & every single person involved in getting Ryan help in his time of need! Thank you all for your compassion & prayers of healing. Keep them coming— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) February 18, 2020
Everyone here in Daytona & beyond, please say a prayer for @RyanJNewman. Just want his family to hear good news asap. To all the Newman family, friends and fans, all of us @VolusiaSheriff are pulling for a full & fast recovery. Some things are even bigger than the #Daytona500— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) February 18, 2020
“Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave NASCAR driver,” President Donald Trump posted on Twitter on Monday.
“I can’t wait to see Ryan Newman again,” Driver Brad Keselowski posted on Twitter.
Newman was the leader for 15 laps in the race.
“Praying for a son of South Bend tonight, as we all wish the best for Ryan Newman and his family after today’s devastating accident,” Mayor Pete Buttigieg posted on Twitter.
Denny Hamlin was the winner of the Daytona 500, he spoke with the media after the race.
“A person’s health is bigger than any race,” Hamlin said.
News 6 sports anchor Ryan Welch spoke with fans outside of the Halifax Medical center after the race.
“It was my son’s birthday. He’s torn up about it. He’s a diehard race fan. He just turned 13, it hits hard,” a fan told Welch.
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