UPDATE (2/19/20 @ 9:25 p.m. ET): Ryan was released from the hospital on Feb. 19. He was pictured leaving Halifax Medical Center with his two daughters, and the caption to the tweet said, “Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center.”
Ryan Newman is fully alert and smiling with his daughters in a new photo Roush Fenway Racing released on Wednesday, February 19. The professional stock car racing driver, 42, is pictured standing up in a hospital gown with his arms around his two girls, Brooklyn Sage and Ashlyn Olivia. This is the first photo of Newman following a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 on February 17.
“Ryan Newman continues to show great improvement after Monday night’s last-lap accident at Daytona International Speedway,” the statement began. “The veteran driver is fully alert and walking around Halifax Medical Center,” where he’s been hostpialized since Monday. “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 statement, which NASCAR retweeted, concluded.
Ryan Newman Continues Great Improvement pic.twitter.com/xIZRiaRApi
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020
(Photo credit: Roush Fenway/Twitter)
Newman’s car — number six — went airborne and flipped multiple times after colliding with Corey LaJoie‘s number 32 during the last lap of the Daytona 500. His speeding car burst into flames as it slid across the finish line while upside down.
Following the terrifying crash, NASCAR and Roush Fenway Racing released a joint statement concerning the status of Ryan’s condition at the time.
“Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening,” the statement began. “We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”
We’re glad to see Ryan’s condition is improving. We will continue to keep him and his loved ones in our thoughts.