NORTH CAROLINA — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, who survived a horrific crash at the Daytona 500 race, said he will be returning to the racetrack at some point.
Jeff Gluck, a writer for The Athletic Motorsports, tweeted on Sunday Newman’s full statement with his thoughts about everything that happened. The statement was read by Roush President Steve Newmark before the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I want to personally thank everyone, including the man upstairs, for their support, encouragement and the numerous offers of assistance,” Newman said. “We always say that the NASCAR community is one big family and never has that been more evident to me than after seeing this family rally together and provide the comfort and support that has been shown to my family and me over the past few days.
Newman continued his thank yous by expressing that staff at Halifax Medical Center provided him with the ‘best care available.’
“I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones,” Newman said. “I did sustain a head injury for which I’m currently being treated.”
Newman was released from the Halifax Medical Center on February 19 which was less than two days after the accident. He was seen walking and holding hands with his two daughters which he stated is a testament to Roush Fenway Racing shop that built him the car that was ‘strong enough to do its job under distress’ and allowed him to survive.
“I am truly indebted to each of you and it is unlikely I will ever be able to properly express to you how much the diligent effort with which you conduct your craftsmanship has affected me and my family,” Newman said.
“I hope you took pride in the photograph of me walking out of the hospital hand-in-hand with my daughters on Wednesday,” Newman said in a statement. “Thank you. I can’t wait to get back in your race car.”
Newman also stated that he has talked to Jack Roush and he has confirmed that the number six car will be waiting and ready for his return.
“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford,” Newman said in closing.