Ryan Newman hospitalized after terrifying crash on final lap of Daytona 500

By Jordan Freiman

/ CBS News

Ryan Newman was involved in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday, sending his car flipping into the air. Newman was taken to Halifax Medical Center and is in serious condition, but with non life-threatening injuries, his racing team said in a statement.

Newman was leading the race when he was hit from behind by Ryan Blaney. The impact sent Newman's Ford into the outer wall, causing it to flip over and skid along the track on its roof for some distance. The vehicle was then struck by another car, sending it up into the air. Newman eventually skidded to a halt while sparks, smoke and flames could be seen coming from the vehicle.

Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman's car was flipped at the line.

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It took emergency crews several minutes to get the car upright and remove Newman. He was wheeled into an ambulance and immediately taken to a local hospital, Fox NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon and Mike Joy said.

Ryan Newman crash — NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500
Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, flips over as he crashes during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Monday, February 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Getty

"Dang I hope Newman is ok," Corey LaJoie, the driver whose vehicle struck Newman's after the initial crash, said on Twitter. "That is worst case scenerio and I had nowhere to go but smoke."

Ryan Newman crash — NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500
Safety crews respond to a wreck involving Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, after the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Monday, February 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Getty
Ryan Newman crash — NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500
Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, flips over as he crashes during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Getty

Denny Hamlin ended up winning the race, which was originally scheduled to take place Sunday, but was postponed due to rain. This is Hamlin's second Daytona 500 win in a row and third overall.

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Later Monday night, Hamlin explained why he and his team went on celebrating the victory despite the crash.

"First a foremost I want to give well wishes and prayers to @RyanJNewman," Hamlin tweeted. "I had absolutely NO IDEA of the severity of the crash until I got to victory lane. There's very little communication after the finish and i had already unhooked my radio. It's not anyone's fault. 🙏 Rocket."

First published on February 17, 2020 / 9:16 PM

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