NASCAR car driver Ryan Newman barely survived a devastating Daytona 500 Crash, leaving him hospitalized. Now out of the hospital, the driver recently opened up about the incident.
Ryan Newman was live on the Today show, where he opened about surviving a ghastly accident at the Daytona 500 race in February, as well as the safety features that let him only suffer minor injuries.
According to Ryan, the cage was compromised, while the welds remained firm. The 42-year-old driver also praised the guys in the shop for doing an amazing job with the car.
Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 on June 1, 2018 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania | Photo: Getty Images
He further explained that he was hit from behind by a car, going at high speed, which pushed him back and hit him forward. The driver also said that the vehicle that hit him from behind also hit his seat, but that many things aligned and he came out fine.
Ryan also reserved praise for the whole of NASCAR, stating unequivocally that the group had done a great job. He also said:
"There's so many levels of things that happened in the last 20 years I've been in this sport that helped me to be able to sit here today."
In the crash, which occurred on February 17, Ryan suffered a head injury but didn't have any bone or internal injuries. After the crash, the father of two was hospitalized for two days at the Halifax Medical Center.
He left the hospital on his feet along with his two daughters, Brooklyn Sage and Ashlyn Olivi. The crash was Ryan's third crash as a NASCAR driver, and again raised concerns about safety in the sport.
Experts who viewed the accident have praised the improvements made by NASCAR in ensuring drivers' safety...
The driver who could be referred to as an accident veteran has often spoken about safety in NASCAR racing, and his lobbying led to the addition of a bar named "Newman Bar" close to the driver's head to protect against rollovers.
Despite the number of accidents he has been involved in, Ryan has nothing but love for the sport, and can't wait to return to racing. He revealed during the interview with "Today," where he said:
"I love it. It's been a little bit painful to be out of the race car and to not be doing what I've done for so many years."
Taking a look at the accident on February 17, one question that would run in the mind of anyone is how Ryan Newman survived such a crash, thus averting another sporting tragedy.
Ryan's car went flying in the air after being hit from behind, turning upside down, before getting hit on the driver's side, and then bursting in flames.
Experts who viewed the accident have praised the improvements made by NASCAR in ensuring drivers' safety, making it less likely for drivers to lose their lives while driving.
It could be recalled that iconic driver Dale Earnhardt lost his life in the Daytona 500 race 19 years ago, and since then, there have been continuous efforts made to ensure that no driver loses his life while competing.
These steps were hailed by a racing safety consultant, Terry Trammell, who said that NASCAR had turned the whole thing around with time.