DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WFLA/WTNH) — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has been released from the hospital, only three days after a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 Monday.
Wednesday morning, his NASCAR team, Roush Fenway posted a statement on Twitter saying Newman was “fully alert and walking around” at a Florida hospital.
Roush Fenway also posted a photo of the driver and his two young daughters in the hospital.
“True to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends, and family while spending time playing with his two daughters.”– Roush Fenway
Newman was in the lead in the last lap of overtime on Monday night when his car slammed into the wall and flipped onto its roof. Another car then hit Newman’s in the driver’s side, sending it skidding upside-down along the track, causing sparks to fly and a fire to start.
After medics removed him from his car, Newman was rushed to Halifax Medical Center.
Anxious fans received word late Monday night that Newman was in serious condition but was expected to survive.
Since then, the Roush Fenway team has posted updates on the racer’s “great improvement” as he recovers in the hospital.
Wednesday night, Newman’s team posted a picture on Twitter of Ryan leaving the hospital with his daughters, saying, “Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center.”