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Newman is Awake and Alert After Daytona 500 Crash

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Two days removed from one of the most horrific crashes in NASCAR history, Ryan Newman continues showing improvement Wednesday.

Roush Fenway Racing issued its latest statement on all social media platforms:

“Ryan Newman continues to show great improvement after Monday night’s last-lap accident at Daytona International Speedway.

“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.”

Following their statement, the most encouraging news was a picture posted shortly thereafter showing Newman smiling and standing with his two daughters.

While a driver for Newman’s No. 6 Ford Mustang for Sunday’s race at Las Vegas is yet to be announced, the racing community have shared their support to not only Newman, but also drivers Ryan Blaney and Corey LaJoie.

Bubba Wallace made several tweets of how Blaney is doing after the accident which incidentally saw him collided with Newman, who was leading coming towards the checkered flag.

Corey LaJoie, who collided into Newman’s car, notably in the driver’s compartment, spoke for the first time Tuesday with Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan on Good Morning America.

LaJoie said he hasn’t seen the full video of the wreckage and wasn’t aware who he hit until he got out of the medical center when Bob Pockrass told him that Newman was sent straight to the hospital.

Both Newman and LaJoie’s cars were taken back to NASCAR’s R&D Center for further evaluation.

Update: Nearly two hours later, Newman was treated and released from Halifax Medical Center.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.