NASCAR driver Ryan Newman continues to recover from Daytona 500 crash
Last monday, Ryan Newman was injured in a crash as he crossed the finish line in the Daytona 500.
Newman was leading when he threw a block on Ryan Blaney. The aggressive block was in defense of the Daytona 500 victory, just a few hundred feet from the the finish line.
The 42-year-old NASCAR driver was turned into the outside wall at 200mph. He bounced off the wall and flipped down the banking.
At that time, Corey LaJoie was racing to the finish line at 200mph. He struck Newman in the driver’s side door as he was upside down.
After the crash, NASCAR rushed emergency vehicles to the scene. Tarps were placed behind the car to block the grandstands from viewing the medical crew and the driver they tended to.
Newman was transported to a local hospital. His injuries remained a mystery to racing fans. A few days later, Newman was released from the hospital.
Last weekend, NASCAR entered Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The No. 6 seat was filled by Ross Chastain as Newman sits out due to injury.
Currently, there is no timetable for Newman’s return to the sport. However, ahead of the race on Sunday, Newman released a statement regarding his injuries.
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Ryan Newman comments on the Daytona 500 crash
“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.
“The doctors have been pleased with my progression over the last few days.”
“I have spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the No. 6 car will be waiting and ready for my return.”
“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford,” the statement concluded.
NASCAR statement on Ryan Newman’s crash
Ahead of the weekend in Las Vegas, NASCAR also spoke on the crash from the week prior:
“You’ve heard us say this many times, that safety is our primary responsibility,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer.
“Everything that goes on at the R&D Center on a daily basis is put in place for a reason. This is our job. This is what we do, and you’ve got the 40 drivers in the garage area who expect us to do this every day.”
Ryan Newman crash details
Details from analysis were announced about the accident that took place at Daytona International Speedway:
-19 seconds after Newman’s car came to a stop, the tool truck arrived. That truck is fitted with a fire extinguisher.
-33 seconds after the car came to a stop, a medical professional was at the driver’s window.
-The medical doctors attended to Newman for the next 3 and a half minutes.
-4 minutes and five seconds after the car came to a rest, the medical made a decision to roll the car over on it’s wheels.
-6 minutes and 56 seconds after the car came to a rest, the car was back on it’s wheels.
-15 minutes and 40 seconds after the car came to a rest, Ryan Newman was extracted from the car and placed in an ambulance for transport to the Halifax Medical Center.
“During this entire time, doctors and paramedics were attending to Ryan, except for during the car rollover,” O’Donnell said. “The first responders performed their jobs as they were trained. The training systems all worked as were designed.
“We are never satisfied with what took place and we will learn as much as possible and implement those changes, if there are any, as soon as possible.”
Ryan Newman will have to be cleared by his medical team to return to the car.