DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was released from Helifax Hospital Wednesday afternoon, just two days after his horrifying crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500.
Roush Fenway Racing tweeted an update on Newman, saying he was “fully alert,” “walking around” and “joking with staff, friends and family.”
About two hours later, another photo update showed Newman and his daughters walking out of the hospital.
On Monday night, while leading the race and coming to the finish line, the South Bend native and Purdue University alum was spun out, sending his car into the wall, flipping in the air, getting hit by another car on the driver’s side, and landing upside down on fire. Safety crews quickly rushed to his car. Newman was extricated from the car, put onto a stretcher, and into an ambulance. Late Monday night, Newman was listed in serious condition, but doctors said his injuries were non-life threatening.
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