NASCAR star Ryan Newman, in a press release launched Sunday, acknowledged that he suffered a head damage from crashing on the ultimate lap of the Daytona 500, however appears to be like ahead to getting behind the wheel once more.
Newman was hospitalized Monday evening in what Roush Fenway Racing officers known as severe however not life-threatening situation.
He walked out of the Daytona Beach hospital roughly 42 hours after the crash, showing unscathed.
Roush gave its first detailed account of the ordeal. The crash despatched him arduous right into a wall earlier than he was hit within the driver-side door by one other automobile and have become trapped in his upside-down Ford on hearth as rescue employees tried to free him.
Throughout a information convention earlier than Sunday’s race, Roush workforce president Steve Newmark learn a press release from Newman, who revealed he had sustained a head damage however no inner accidents.
“I used to be lucky to keep away from any inner organ injury or damaged bones. I did maintain a head damage for which I am at the moment being handled,” Newman wrote. “The docs have been happy with my development over the previous few days.”
Ross Chastain is ready to drive the No. 6 Ford on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Newman’s streak of 659 consecutive begins relationship to the 2002 season opener coming to an finish.
“I’ve spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the No. 6 automobile can be ready and prepared for my return,” Newman concluded in his assertion. “I am wanting ahead to getting behind the wheel and battling for an additional race win within the Roush Fenway Ford.”
Newmark mentioned it was Newman’s intent to race for the 2020 Cup championship this season, and the motive force deliberate to ask NASCAR for an exemption to qualify for the playoffs as soon as he is cleared to return. He additionally mentioned Newman wished to debate his ordeal and accidents personally upon his return to the monitor.
The Related Press contributed to this report.