Ryan Newman hospitalized after intense crash at Daytona 500

Ryan Newman hospitalized after intense crash at Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 ended Monday with Denny Hamlin claiming his 2nd successive win and an intense crash that sent Ryan Newman’s Ford Mustang throughout the finish line on its roofing system.

Newman sustained serious however non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, Newman’s Roush Fenway Racing group stated in a statement late Monday. He was being treated at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The crash took place on the race’s final lap, with Newman in the lead and another motorist, Ryan Blaney, right behind him.

Blaney’s bumper captured the back of Newman’s cars and truck, which barreled into a wall and turned before it was struck by another automobile.

It took several minutes for Newman’s car to be rolled back onto its wheels.

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin celebrates after winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Monday, Feb. 17,2020 Joe Gibbs, the automobile’s owner, later on excused the group’s celebrations, saying they didn’t understand the extent of Ryan Newman’s injuries. Brian Lawdermilk/ Getty Images

Newman, who won the 2008 Daytona 500, was placed in a waiting ambulance and taken straight to a healthcare facility. The damage to his Mustang was comprehensive. It appeared that the entire roll cage created to secure his head had actually caved in.

President Donald Trump, the race’s grand marshal, said he was praying for Newman, whom he called a “fantastic and brave” chauffeur.

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Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic governmental prospect, also provided well wishes for a “son” of South Bend, Indiana, where Buttigieg was mayor for 8 years.

Newman, 42, who was born in South Bend, now lives in Statesville, North Carolina.

Drivers were likewise stricken with issue, consisting of a rattled Corey LaJoie, the driver who hit Newman’s car as it was flipping.

” Dang I hope Newman is ok,” he published on Twitter “That is worst case scenerio and I had nowhere to go however [into] smoke.”

Hamlin is the first driver since Sterling Marlin in 1995 to win successive Daytona 500 s, but his event in success lane was subdued.

” I think we take for granted often how safe the vehicles are, and top, we are praying for Ryan,” Hamlin stated.

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In an interview on Sirius XM NASCAR following the race, Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, which runs the winning automobile, apologized for his team’s celebration as employees were tending to Newman. Gibbs stated they were not familiar with the severity of the situation.

Blaney, the runner-up, said that the way the final lap cleaned, with Newman rising ahead of Hamlin, locked Blaney in behind Newman in a move of brand alliance for Ford.

” We pressed Newman there to the lead, and then we got a push from the 11[Hamlin’s car] … I was dedicated to just pressing him to the win and having a Ford win it and got the bumpers hooked up wrong,” he stated. “It looked bad.”

NASCAR chauffeur Ryan Newman crashes and flips his # 6 Ford during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chris Graythen/ Getty Images

Hamlin had eight Ford drivers lined up behind him as the leader in the 2nd overtime shootout without a single fellow Toyota driver in the vicinity to assist him. That enabled Newman to get past him for the lead, however the bumping in the pack resulted in Newman’s tough turn right into the wall, followed by numerous rolls and a long skid throughout the finish line.

Hamlin’s win last year was a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing, and it started a yearlong company celebration in which Gibbs motorists won a record 19 races and the NASCAR Cup championship. His 3rd Daytona 500 win puts him along with five Hall of Popularity chauffeurs as winners of 3 or more Daytona 500 s. He tied Dale Jarrett– who offered Joe Gibbs Racing its first Daytona 500 win in 1993– Jeff Gordon and Bobby Allison. Hamlin trails Cale Yarborough’s four wins and the record 7 by Richard Petty.

The victory came after simply the second rain postponement in 62 years, a go to from the president, a set of warning blockages and two overtimes. The 0.014- second margin of victory was the second closest in race history– behind only Hamlin’s win over Martin Truex Jr. in 2016 at 0.01 seconds.

The win in “The Fantastic American Race” is the third for Toyota, all won by Hamlin. Gibbs has four Daytona 500 victories as an owner.

” I simply feel like I’m a trainee to the video game. I never stop discovering and trying to figure out where I require to put myself at the right time,” Hamlin said. “It does not constantly work. We’ve defied odds here in the last 8 years or so in the Daytona 500, but [I] just trust my impulses, and so far they’ve been good for me.”

Tim Stelloh

Tim Stelloh is a press reporter for NBC News, based in California.

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