DAYTONA BEACH, FL—NASCAR driver, Ryan Newman, 42, was hospitalized after being injured during the Daytona 500 where he experienced a fiery crash on February 17.

Newman was leading in the final lap of the race when his vehicle was caught from the back by another racer’s bumper, sending him into a wall. Newman’s car flipped, rolled, and was hit on the driver’s side by another car before it skidded across the finish line with his roof engulfed in flames. 

He was extracted from his car and taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center. His team, Roush Fenway Racing, updated the public with the following statement:

“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.”

Newman was released from the hospital on Wednesday, February 19, two days after his crash. He is the driver of the Number 6 Koch Industries Ford.

Written By Brenda De La Cruz