Newman: Here's What Happened to Me

The NASCAR driver says he's currently being treated for a head injury
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 23, 2020 2:30 PM CST
Newman Reveals Injury From Hair-Raising Crash
In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Ryan Newman stands on pit road after his run during NASCAR auto racing qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Ryan Newman said he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details in a statement from the driver read before Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the AP reports. "I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I’m currently being treated," Newman wrote in a statement. "The doctors have been pleased with my progression over the last few days." There is no timetable for Newman's return to racing, but Roush Fenway Racing said the 42-year-old Indiana native is determined to get back to the track. "He has expressed unequivocally that this is where he wants to be and he wants to be back in a race car," said Roush President Steve Newmark.

Roush Fenway gave its first detailed account of the harrowing ordeal that began when Newman, while leading the last lap of the rain-delayed Daytona 500, was involved in a crash that sent him hard into a wall, airborne, hit in the driver side door by another car, then trapped in an upside-down Ford on fire as rescue workers tried to free him from the damaged vehicle. He was hospitalized Monday night in what Roush officials called serious but not life-threatening condition. Newman walked out of the Daytona Beach hospital roughly 42 hours later appearing unscathed and holding hands with his two young daughters. That moment was a testament to a car that was "strong enough to do its job under great distress, allowing me to survive such an accident," said Newman. (See how safety measures also helped him survive.)

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