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Ryan Newman Felt like a Walking Miracle after Daytona 500 Crash — Inside the Terrible Accident

Bettina Dizon
Jun 18, 2020
04:13 P.M.
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Ryan Newman suffered a crash last February, which left him severely hurt. Here’s a look at the accident and how the racecar driver is today.

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Last February 17, American Race Car driver Ryan Newman suffered a crash during the Daytona 500, to which he finds difficulty recalling memories of the incident.

NEWMAN’S RECOVERY

Since then, the 42-year-old has made a recovery, allowing him to leave the medical institution while holding both of his daughters.

Ryan Newman stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 1, 2018 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Newman stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 1, 2018 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. | Source: Getty Images

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“That tells me God was involved. I was blessed in more ways than one. I feel like a complete walking miracle,” said the NASCAR driver after recovering from a fiery crash that saw his car go airborne and flip multiple times.

As a passionate hunter himself, Newman brings his girls to enjoy the family farm, teaching them about the great outdoors.

The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup winner acknowledged various mitigating factors that led to his recovery, such as the quick response of track safety crews, the fact of minor injuries sustained, as well as the benefit from durable and flexible carbon fiber helmets produced by Arai.

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Ryan Newman looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Newman looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. | Source: Getty Images

THE ACCIDENT

Upon the accident, Newman was rushed to Halifax Medical Center, where doctors immediately put him into an induced coma.

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The procedures conducted involved the installations of PICC lines in order to assist blood delivery to the heart.

Ryan Newman poses with his wife Krissie during the NASCAR Evening Series with Chef Daniel Boulud presented by Bank of America at db Brasserie at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Newman poses with his wife Krissie during the NASCAR Evening Series with Chef Daniel Boulud presented by Bank of America at db Brasserie at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

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Nevertheless, the precautions were only sustained for a short period of time, crediting the NASCAR champion’s speedy recovery.

As an engineering graduate, Newman has always been well-informed about the details of crash incidents, even participating in NASCAR’s official crash analysis program.

Ryan Newman poses for a photo during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series media day at Daytona International Speedway on February 7, 2008 in Daytona, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Newman poses for a photo during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series media day at Daytona International Speedway on February 7, 2008 in Daytona, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

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He took the time to talk about his very own incident, citing the events that occurred in his car, such as a moving seat, a crushed helmet, and a bump sustained by his head on the roll bar.

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

Newman shared that everything was perfectly aligned for his survival, considering that close footage of the incident was inconclusive to the true causes of the various hits sustained.

Ryan Newman (R) and his wife Krissie Newman arrive on the red carpet prior to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas on December 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Newman (R) and his wife Krissie Newman arrive on the red carpet prior to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas on December 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

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The 2003 Driver of the Year is set to make a full comeback as he will be joining the 22nd Cup Series at Darlington.

With racing pretty much a big part of Newman’s life, the father of two never forgets his role as a family man to spend time with his daughters.

As a passionate hunter himself, Newman brings his girls to enjoy the family farm, teaching them about the great outdoors. His recovery marks the opportunity to enjoy more times as such with his kids.

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