Ryan Newman Says He’ll Be Back Behind The Wheel When Racing Resumes

Newman left the hospital two days after the crash — walking out holding hands with his two daughters.

In February, Ryan Newman miraculously walked away from a horrific crash during the Daytona 500. And now Newman says he’ll be ready to get back behind the wheel when racing returns.

Newman made the announcement on Fox Sports’ NASCAR iRacing event:

“I’m so excited and thankful, all at the same time,” he said. “Excited to be healthy and at some point back in the racecar when the world starts turning again and thankful for all the people and support that I’ve got, friends, family, fans, you name it that have prayed for me and given me this multitude of miracles that has given me this opportunity to get back in the seat at some point.”

NASCAR announcer Mike Joy asked Newman if that meant he’ll be back driving once racing resumes. Newman replied saying, “That’s the absolute plan for sure, yeah. I’m healthy, I’ve been blessed with another layer of this situation giving me more time to heal and look forward to being back in the seat for sure.”

NASCAR officials said in a statement that Newman has not yet been cleared by the series to return. NASCAR has aimed to resume its season without spectators as early as May 17.

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