NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is said to be in a serious condition after his car flipped into the air several times before exploding into flames.
Ryan Newman who was rushed to a Florida hospital after the incident on the final lap of the Daytona 500 is in a “serious condition” but Doctors say his injuries are “non-life threatening.”
Also confirming the latest update on the injury, NASCAR and Roush Fenway Racing released a joint statement about Ryan’s condition, saying:
“Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life-threatening. 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,” the statement read.
Ryan Newman’s car veers to the left of the track — cutting off other racers — as it collides with the barrier and flips. The car then bounces off another vehicle as it rotates in the air and explodes into flames.
The other vehicles — including Ryan Blaney‘s, which nudged Ryan’s car — race by as Ryan’s continues to skid on the track upside down. Ryan’s car then slid right past the finish line.
In slow motion, parts of the vehicle break right off on impact and fly into the air. The car was severely dented as it was then hit again by another racer, showing other parts also detaching from the main body of the vehicle, the report by TMZ stated.
“On the inside, they lock bumpers and it turns Ryan Newman around — upside down he goes,” a FOX Sports broadcaster narrated over the video clip. “Ryan Newman goes around, the car goes to its roof and then here’s Corey LaJoie,” another host added, referencing one of the other racers.
Ryan was immediately rushed to the hospital, and emergency personnel — along with an ambulance — could be seen on-site. The South Bend, Indiana native’s condition currently remains unclear, and no other racers appear to be suffering injuries from the crash. It’s also being reported that the race was delayed due to poor weather, the TMZ report added.