NASCAR's Ryan Newman Returns To Track After Horrific Crash, 'It's A Miracle'

Ruben Hill
March 8, 2020

To the shock of nearly everyone, the 42-year-old Newman walked out of a hospital less than 48 hours after the crash, and said he feels "fine" during a short interview Friday as he walked to his hauler.

Ryan Newman isn't driving his No. 6 auto at Phoenix this weekend but he's at the track to support his team. He stopped and talked to NASCAR's medical director, the one who was first to the scene after his devastating accident on the final lap on February 17 in the Daytona 500.

Newman spoke with Ryan Blaney, who hit Newman's vehicle from behind to start the accident, as well as Corey LaJoie, who hit Newman's airborne auto.

But he's also Newman, the race-car driver.

He said his reaction to seeing his destroyed race vehicle was: "Just lucky".

Newman was immediately taken to a local hospital after he was extricated from his vehicle at Daytona. Amazingly, he was released less than 48 hours later. He later revealed that he suffered a head injury but no broken bones or other internal injuries.

"I get a chance now to watch not just the 6 but the 17 [of teammate Chris Buescher] and how they work and the teamwork that goes into that", Newman said.

"I want to see Ross do well, but I'd rather be in Ross' seat", Newman said.

Although the schedule for Newman's return to racing is still unclear, subject to medical authorizations, the driver of the No. 6 Ford responded with a single word when asked how he felt.

"I'm just here to really support the 6 team and stay integrated with what I can do with the team and have some fun", claimedNewman "That's actually what it's everything about". That's what it's all about. "I want to see Ross do well. So just want to make sure we're doing everything we possibly can for our sponsors and for myself to have a good weekend".

Newman's presence in Arizona became known Thursday night when LaJoie posted to social media a picture of Newman, Blaney and himself at Arizona State's football stadium.

"He is full Ryan Newman caliber and it is great to see", said Ford driver Ryan Blaney. "We were having dinner and he came in". That was great. That was the first time I have seen Ryan personally. "That was really cool". We talked about a lot of stuff. But just seeing him in the flesh, acting like the same old Newman, was. Everyone who has talked and seen Newman said Newman has not lost any of his personality. It was great to hear part of the process he went through and some of the doctors who worked on him. They were very extensive with him and he has been going through everything with great success, which is unheard of and great to hear.

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