In the final lap of the 2020 Daytona 500 on Monday night, there was a horrific crash that sent driver Ryan Newman to the hospital.
UPDATE: Sources say that Ryan Newman is in serious condition following the horrific Daytona 500 crash. NASCAR released a statement on Newman’s condition and said his injuries are not life-threatening.
Newman’s Koch Industries Ford was nudged from behind by Ryan Blaney, which caused his automobile to collide into the wall and then flew in the air. Newman’s vehicle was catapulted into the air, flipped several times, and crashed to the pavement of Daytona International Speedway.
Newman’s wreck of a car skidded on its side down the track in a fireball until finally stopping. The car did actually cross the finish line, but was engulfed in flames. Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott were also involved in the crash.
Emergency crews rushed to the crash site, and blocked the crowd from seeing Newman.
Newman was rushed to a Daytona Beach-area hospital after being removed from his car. There was no immediate word on his condition, but it is reported that he was awake.
Newman was reportedly taken to Halifax Health center by ambulance.
Ryan’s wife, Krissie Newman, tweeted “Omg” following the horrific crash involving her husband.
Last Thursday, Newman announced that he and his wife Krissie were separating after being married for 16 years. They have two daughters.
Newman, who won the 2013 Brickyard 400, was credited with a fourth-place finish on Monday.
After two red flags and two overtimes, Denny Hamlin barely sneaked past Blaney at the finish line to win the “The Great American Race,” his second straight Daytona 500 victory, and third in his career. Hamlin became the first driver since Sterling Marlin in 1995 to win the Daytona 500 in consecutive seasons and became the seventh driver to win three or more Daytona 500s.
Hamlin said Ryan Newman is a “tough guy” in his post-race speech.
Several IndyCar drivers and racing professionals offered thoughts and prayers that Ryan Newman recovers from the scary crash.