VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Ryan Newman was released from the hospital Wednesday with his two daughters by his side, days after he was involved in a fiery crash at the Daytona 500.
On Wednesday, Roush Fenway Racing tweeted out the photo of Newman leaving Halifax Health Medical Center shortly before 2 p.m.
Hours earlier, the stock car organization posted an update showing Newman in his hospital gown beaming with his two girls.
“The veteran driver 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,” the statement said.
Officials have not said what injuries Newman suffered after he was extracted from his No. 6 Ford Mustang and rushed to the hospital in serious condition.
Also on Wednesday, Newman’s wife posted a message on social media thanking everyone for their prayers and support.
Newman’s Ford went airborne Monday night in the final moments of the Daytona 500, flipping several times before it skidded upside down on the track with bright orange sparks and flames trailing behind it.
Ross Chastain will race in the No. 6 car for Newman in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, according to Roush Fenway.
Halifax Health's Trauma Services Medical Director, Dr. Danny Jazarevic said that whether or not the Daytona 500 was taking place up the street, their trauma facility is always prepared.
“A trauma center is the hub for mass causality care. So, yes, we have the speedway two miles from us here,” said Jazarevic. “When we have something like speedway, we are not especially overstaffed in any way. We are always the same. People are on 15 minutes’ notice.”
Dr. Jazarevic said that when all trauma patients arrived, they are assessed to determine if they need emergency surgery.
"When we look from outside, it looks like chaos, but it's very organized chaos. Everybody knows what their role is in that team and what they have to do."
Dr. Jazarevic said it's rewarding watching their patients go home.
“Just like Mr. Newman, and we wish him all the best and I can hardly wait to see him on the circuit again! So does my daughter and my wife,” said Jazarevic.