Ryan Newman confirms he suffered head injury in Daytona 500 crash

Newman wants to return to track ‘as soon as possible’

Ryan Newman says he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details.

Roush team president Steve Newmark opened a news conference before Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by reading a lengthy statement from Newman, who apologized at the start for not being at the track.

Less than 24 hours after a fiery crash in the final moments of the Daytona 500, Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with loved ones and doctors at Halifax Medical Center.

There is still no timetable for his return to NASCAR racing.

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“We do not have a timetable for Ryan’s return. I can tell you that his timetable is that he wants to be back as soon as possible,” Newmark said.

Newman released a statement read by Newmark.

“I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones," Newman said. "I did sustain a head injury for which I’m currently being treated.”

Newman said he was grateful for the support of people around the country after the crash.

“I want to personally thank everyone, including the man upstairs, for their support, encouragement and the numerous offers of assistance," he said. "I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford.”

Ross Chastain drove the No. 6 Ford on Sunday as Newman’s streak of 649 consecutive starts comes to an end.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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