Ryan Newman ‘fully alert and walking around,’ continues to show improvement following Daytona 500 crash

Ryan Newman ‘fully alert and walking around,’ continues to show improvement following Daytona 500 crash


Chris Bumbaca


USA TODAY

Published 12: 14 PM EST Feb 19, 2020

Less than 48 hours after he crashed on the final lap of the Daytona 500, Ryan Newman is “fully alert and walking around” and even joking with people by his side during his hospital stay. 

“Ryan Newman continues to show great improvement after Monday night’s last-lap accident at Daytona International Speedway,” Rousch Fenway Racing said in a statement. “The veteran driver is fully alert and walking around Halifax Medical Center. True to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends and family while spending time playing with his two daughters.”

The team also posted a photo of Newman and his two daughters. 

After he entered the hospital in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries, Newman was “awake and speaking” as of Tuesday afternoon. Newman’s car flipped and was hit by another car after he was bumped during the race’s backstretch. 

The severity of the crash caused winner Denny Hamlin and his team to shut down the celebration, as drivers wished Newman a speedy recovery. 

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