Ryan Newman is lucky to be alive and he knows it. After surviving a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 in Feb, the race car driver is doing well and talking about the incident.
In a Zoom call with the media on Thursday, May 14, Newman was asked about the crash, his memory of it and what the doctors had done for him medically.
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“I had no idea [about the crash]. I was medically treated to not know.They were trying to keep me in a somewhat of a medically-induced coma, from what I’ve been told, and that medicine kind of zoned me out,” Newman revealed.”So I really don’t have any memories or recollection of any of my crash until I actually had my arms around my daughters walking out of the hospital. Again, when they give you those medicines and you’re knocked out, you don’t know what’s going on. I was able to walk out in the condition that I was and as I watched in the next, call it 24 hours, as I watched the crash and had to make myself believe what I had went through, I really looked to my dad to say, ‘Hey, did this really happen?’ …
He continued, “I guess they put a PICC line in my shoulder, which I’m not really sure what all that was for. Medically, I was just treated so that I could be calm so that they would kind of numb my brain, so to speak, so that I could just sit there and rest. I wouldn’t call it a vegetative state, but I wasn’t a fruit either. I was meant to be relaxed.”
Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman's car was flipped at the line.
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When asked what he thought happened to allow him to survive, Newman simply left it up to miracles.
“This year was the fourth race I had on a brand new styled helmet – a carbon fiber zero helmet- the second time I had worn it in competition,” Newman said. “You name it everything aligned in so many ways. The safety workers, personnel that were involved that were inside the car with me, spent time with me during and after the crash. Every layer of it, there was multiple miracles- big miracles and little miracles in my opinion that aligned for me to be able to walk out days later with my hand around my daughters and to be thankful.”
“[Doctors] said based off my scans that they looked like I had no signs of lack of oxygen to my brain, which was a great piece of news and feedback, but I couldn’t tell you if that was because of what they did inside the car, if it was because of how I was hit, or the quality of safety equipment or what. I don’t have all those answers and I don’t think that they’ll ever exist.”
Newman will return to the track for the first time during the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday. This will be the first return for NASCAR as well since halting the season for 10 weeks due to the coronavirus.