The 2020 Daytona 500 came to a scary conclusion, as Ryan Newman’s car flipped on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway on Monday evening. Newman was helped from his vehicle and taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.
Tuesday morning, Roush Fenway Racing provided this update on Newman’s condition at 3:45 p.m. EST:
Update on Ryan Newman: pic.twitter.com/TdJHDZ3O7O
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— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 18, 2020
Reaction has begin to flood in regarding the positive news on Newman’s status:
AMAZING NEWS: Ryan Newman awake and speaking with family and doctors. https://t.co/eOmtIV8Q6f
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 18, 2020
More good news for Ryan Newman https://t.co/nmfafvUSQk
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) February 18, 2020
Latest update and its a good one on Ryan Newman. https://t.co/XsZQhTAgBp
— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) February 18, 2020
Great news. Get well soon, Ryan Newman. https://t.co/EYi8QkyLt3
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) February 18, 2020
Early Tuesday morning, Roush provided this update:
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— Steve Newmark (@NewmarkRFR) February 18, 2020
After last night’s race, NASCAR provided the following update on Newman’s condition, stating that he was in serious condition, but that doctors indicated his injuries are not life-threatening.
NASCAR provides an update on Ryan Newman. pic.twitter.com/rZpVKyKeRt
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 18, 2020
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— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 18, 2020
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— Ryan Newman (@RyanJNewman) February 18, 2020
Newman’s fellow drivers, their teams, and fans reacted to the news, offering their prayers and well wishes, and encouraging others to continue to do the same:
Statement from Roger Penske on Ryan Newman: pic.twitter.com/DL07dNgy1G
— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) February 18, 2020
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We ask that you continue to pray for @RyanJNewmans recovery and that you respect the privacy of the Newman family during this time. #Prayers4Newman | #NASCAR | #Daytona500https://t.co/D8MZPirNpl
— Roush Yates Engines (@roushyates) February 18, 2020
First a foremost I want to give well wishes and prayers to @RyanJNewman. I had absolutely NO IDEA of the severity of the crash until I got to victory lane. Theres very little communication after the finish and i had already unhooked my radio. Its not anyones fault. Rocket
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 18, 2020
I cant wait to see @RyanJNewman again. #GodIsGood
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 18, 2020
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— Mark Martin (@markmartin) February 18, 2020
https://t.co/0TMIS1dZ6w
— Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) February 18, 2020
So thankful that the man above was looking out for @RyanJNewman . Gonna continue praying he makes a full recovery and for his family. #Prayers4Newman#NASCAR#family
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) February 18, 2020
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— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) February 18, 2020
Very glad to hear this. Lets keep praying overnight. That was a massive shot. Keep after it @RyanJNewmanhttps://t.co/b0InSy9OY3
— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) February 18, 2020
Our thoughts are with Ryan Newman and his family, as well as those at Roush Fenway Racing and Ford Performance.
— Toyota Racing (@ToyotaRacing) February 18, 2020
God is good
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) February 18, 2020
Relieved to hear this https://t.co/4NxSuSgxbd
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) February 18, 2020
Just want to give a shoutout to @NASCAR for mandating safety protocols that keeps us safe. @RyanJNewman is the most adamant man in our safety meetings about the safety of our cars, and hopefully we can further the safety in our cars. Still, thoughts and prayers in his recovery
— Matt Tifft (@matt_tifft) February 18, 2020
Such good news tonight that @RyanJNewman is being cared for by the team at Halifax Medical center.. thoughts of a speedy recovery
— Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) February 18, 2020
So thankful to hear Ryans injuries are not life threatening. My biggest fear while upside down Friday night was getting hit in the drivers side. To see it actually happen was such a scary moment. Please continue to send thoughts and prayers to Ryan and his family
— Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) February 18, 2020
Thank God https://t.co/oAt7WrSrC7
— Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) February 18, 2020
My thoughts are with Ryan Newman & his family right now. Devastated at the news of his crash at Daytona 500. Such a brave & awesome guy. #PrayingForRyan
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) February 18, 2020
We all act invincible, at times even feel that way, especially as the laps wind down….this always hits home, pulls everyone together and back to reality of what we all choose to do week in and week out. Continue to pray for @RyanJNewman and family. Big man upstairs has a plan.
— Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) February 18, 2020
Continuing to pray for Ryan. https://t.co/oGU8iNwsaP
— Charlotte Motor Speedway (@CLTMotorSpdwy) February 18, 2020
A fan leaving flowers for Ryan Newman outside Roush Fenway Racing in Concord. Relief tonight that he has non-life threatening injuries. @WCCBCharlottepic.twitter.com/A1b3Hc01kw
— Marvin Beach (@MBeach14) February 18, 2020
#PrayForRyanNewmanhttps://t.co/fjxMu8pPa0
— JJ Yeley (@jjyeley1) February 18, 2020
Praying for Ryan Newman, his family and the entire NASCAR community tonight. Sending well wishes for a fast recovery! #Prayers4Newman
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) February 18, 2020
Thats a tough man right there. Still, praying for healing for @RyanJNewman and his family. https://t.co/Bkdx3kGkO7
— Chris Buescher (@Chris_Buescher) February 18, 2020
THANK GOD https://t.co/aEfscXnTeG
— Kentucky Speedway (@KySpeedway) February 18, 2020
A fan outside the hospital waiting for news is overjoyed by the announcement Newman is alive, clapping his hands and yelling, Rocketman! Thank you, Lord! Yes!
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 18, 2020
On more of a lighthearted tweet, my son was really upset tonight. He was still crying when I called to tell him @RyanJNewman was going to be okay and he said Im only going to drink Coke from now on. You gotta love kids. #NASCAR | #Prayers4Newmanpic.twitter.com/Sd0RDFB5eB
— (@Mikey2082) February 18, 2020
Ive prayed and prayed, and I will continue to do so…. https://t.co/SVyKWb75o0
— DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) February 18, 2020
President Donald Trump, who served as Grand Marshal for this year’s Daytona 500, also shared his prayers for Newman:
Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver! #PrayingForRyan
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2020
Our NASCAR on FOX crew also offered their thoughts and well-wishes:
You forget about racing… all you care about is him and his family. Thats all that matters. The racing is secondary from there. Larry McReynolds and Jamie McMurray react to the latest news on Ryan Newman. pic.twitter.com/h9aADz8cjZ
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2020
Before the update, the racing community as a whole came together to share their love for Newman and his family, praying for his health:
Dang I hope Newman is ok. That is worst case scenerio and I had nowhere to go but smoke.
— Corey LaJoie (@CoreyLaJoie) February 18, 2020
Praying for @RyanJNewman right now.
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) February 18, 2020
Big prayers for Newman
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 18, 2020
— Michael Waltrip (@MW55) February 18, 2020
This shit is real. Were all on the road together doing what we love. Please let @RyanJNewman be ok here.
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) February 18, 2020
We are all waiting. Everyone is calling me. I dont know anything. I am praying for Ryan too.. My Prayers.
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) February 18, 2020
Please Pray for @RyanJNewman. The wait is brutal.
— Will Power (@12WillPower) February 18, 2020
Really just hoping that @RyanJNewman is ok. Scary hit, heart and prayers out to him, his family, and team. In times like this the whole NASCAR family comes together and supports eachother. Positive vibes.
— John Hunter Nemechek (@JHNemechek) February 18, 2020
Really hoping our friend @RyanJNewman is ok. Scary crash that you never want to see.
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) February 18, 2020
Saying a prayer for @RyanJNewman
— Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) February 18, 2020
Cant pray enough for Ryan Newman. The angle of the car hitting him once he flipped over is frightening. We can only pray to God that he is ok, and all our fears will go away.
— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) February 18, 2020
Really hoping our buddy @RyanJNewman is okay… this is the part of racing we all hate
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) February 18, 2020
I hope Newman is ok. It look nasty to me. Praying for him
— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) February 18, 2020
Our thoughts are with @RyanJNewman and his family. We hope to hear good news soon. #NewmanStrong
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) February 18, 2020
Please take a minute and pray for Ryan Newman.
— Blake Koch (@BlakeKochRacing) February 18, 2020
Not their fault, they did not know. The whole Nascar community is praying hard https://t.co/3U8OVDG6pE
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) February 18, 2020
Wow crazy finish to the #DAYTONA500 !!! But man Im worried about Ryan Newman. That was a big hit! Fingers crossed hes ok.
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) February 18, 2020
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with @RyanJNewman right now.
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) February 18, 2020
Cant pray enough for Ryan Newman. The angle of the car hitting him once he flipped over is frightening. We can only pray to God that he is ok, and all our fears will go away.
— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) February 18, 2020
We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to our friend @RyanJNewman tonight.
— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) February 18, 2020
Praying hard for @RyanJNewman
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) February 18, 2020
Man that was big hope @RyanJNewman is ok… prayers
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) February 18, 2020
Our thoughts are with Ryan Newman, his family and team tonight.
— NAPA Racing (@NAPARacing) February 18, 2020
Praying for @RyanJNewman
— William Byron (@WilliamByron) February 18, 2020
Praying for @RyanJNewman right now.
— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) February 18, 2020
Prayers for @RyanJNewman – all we can do at this point. Hate this.
— Ryan Hunter-Reay (@RyanHunterReay) February 18, 2020
All our thoughts and prayers are with our former teammate @RyanJNewman right now.
— RCR (@RCRracing) February 18, 2020
Just about to take off on a plane, but watched the end of the race on my phone. Just hoping for good news on Ryan Newman.
— Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) February 18, 2020
Prayers for Ryan Newman
— AJ Foyt Racing (@AJFoytRacing) February 18, 2020
Please Pray for @RyanJNewman. The wait is brutal.
— Will Power (@12WillPower) February 18, 2020
Ryan Newman
— Bryan Herta (@BryanHerta) February 18, 2020
Crazy finish in @DISupdates, hoping @RyanJNewman is ok after this horrific crash! #NASCAR
— Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud) February 18, 2020
Hope @RyanJNewman is okay. Scary crash at the end of the #Daytona500Hope to hear news soon!!
— Pato O’Ward (@PatricioOWard) February 18, 2020
Prayers for @RyanJNewmanpic.twitter.com/bKau3btyLI
— Jack Harvey (@jack_harvey42) February 18, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan Newman #PrayforNewman
— World of Outlaws (@WorldofOutlaws) February 18, 2020
After the wreck, his teammate and 2020 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin said, “I think we take for granted sometimes how safe the care are. But number one, we’re praying for Ryan.”