NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has been released from hospital days Wednesday after a horrific accident during the final lap of the Daytona 500. His racing team, Russia Fenway Racing, posted a picture of his 42-year-old with his daughters leaving the medical center. He was treated.
The accident on Monday left Newman with serious injuries. Earlier on Wednesday, his team said they continued to “show a lot of improvement”.
Russia Fenway also said that Newman is “joking with staff, friends and family while playing with his two dancers.” An earlier tweet included a photo of Newman in a hospital gown with his daughters.
Newman was leading the race Monday when he collided with Ryan Blane from behind. The impact sent Newman’s Ford into the outer wall, causing it to overturn and skid along the track on its roof for some distance. The vehicle was then hit by another car, causing it to fall into the air. Newman was eventually stopped to stop while sparks, smoke and flames could be seen emanating from the vehicle.
It took the emergency crew about 20 minutes to get the car upright and evacuate Newman. He was put into an ambulance and taken to Halifax Medical Center.
“Dang I hope Newman is fine,” Corey Lajoie, the driver whose vehicle struck Newman after the initial crash, said. On twitter. “This is the worst situation and I went nowhere to smoke.”
Denny Hamlin finished winning the race, which was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, but wasdue to rain. This is Hamlin’s second consecutive win at Daytona and his third win overall.
According to The Associated Press, the extent of Newman’s injuries was not clarified and the team has not announced who will drive the No. 6 Ford in Vegas this weekend.