Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman has issued a statement thanking the NASCAR community for its support following his frightening crash during the closing moments of the DAYTONA 500.
Newman was leading the race at the time and moments from a second victory in the showpiece NASCAR event when he was tipped into the barriers from behind, his car flipping and becoming airborne before landing on its roof and sliding in a shower of sparks and flames, before eventually coming to rest.
Marshals and medical assistance was quick to the scene, but many worrying minutes passed before Newman was extracted from his Ford Mustang. He spent the following days being treated in hospital before Roush Fenway Racing posted a heart-warming photo of Newman leaving with his two daughters.
Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center pic.twitter.com/J0twhGgQm7
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020
During a press conference ahead of Sunday’s race in Las Vegas, Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark read out the following statement from the ‘Rocket Man’.
“I’m sorry that I can’t be at the track in person, but I asked Steve to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all the support that was shown last week to both me and my family. The outpouring of emotion from not only the NASCAR community, but across the country has been truly humbling.
“I want to personally thank everyone, including the man upstairs, for their support, encouragement and the numerous offers of assistance. We always say that the NASCAR community is one big family and never has that been more evident to me than after seeing this family rally together and provide the comfort and support that has been shown to my family and me over the past few days. The calls and visits from the NASCAR executives and my friends and competitors has been truly uplifting.
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 23, 2020
“I want to thank everyone involved in my care, especially the staff at Halifax Medical Center, where I am convinced I received the best care available. I’m confident the efforts of each of those trained professionals played a major role in where I’m sitting today. And to the entire NASCAR organization, led by Jim France, thanks for being by my side the entire time. You truly stepped up to support me unconditionally when it mattered most.
“Most importantly, I have to thank the guys back at the Roush Fenway Racing shop that built me a car not only fast enough to lead the final seconds of the Daytona 500, but strong enough to do its job under great distress, allowing me to survive such an accident. I am truly indebted to each of you and it is unlikely I will ever be able to properly express to you how much the diligent effort with which you conduct your craftmanship has affected me and my family. I hope you took pride in the photograph of me walking out of the hospital hand-in-hand with my daughters on Wednesday. Thank you. I can’t wait to get back in your race car.
— No. 17 Team (@17RoushTeam) February 23, 2020
“I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I’m currently being treated. The doctors have been pleased with my progression over the last few days.
“Again, I want to thank each of you, from my partners, teammates and competitors and each and every fan across the country. Thank you everyone for the unparalleled concern and unwavering support. And to the media, who has acted with such respect and class during this time.
“I have spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the number six car will be waiting and ready for my return. I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford.”
Statement from Fenway Sports Group Principal Owner John Henry: pic.twitter.com/TXBVnCipNQ
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 20, 2020