In February 2020 Ryan Newman’s participation in the NASCAR’s Daytona 500 race ended with a horrifying car wreck. The 42-year-old racer, also known by his alias “Rocket Man”, miraculously survived, and now is ready to be back in business.
Newman announced his plans on returning during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at a virtual Talladega Superspeedway on April 26th.
“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.”
“My plan is to be back in the No. 6 Mustang when NASCAR returns to racing.”
Ryan Newman’s Ford Mustang, which was doing 200 mph on the Daytona International Speedway back in February, took a turn, slammed the wall, and was then hit head-on by Corey LaJoie’s vehicle. The collision sent it airborne. The Ford landed on its roof, skidding past the finish line and catching fire.
Despite the hair-raising circumstances, Newman was hospitalized with “critical, but non-threatening” injuries, and was soon awake and able to speak with family and doctors. He was released from Halifax Medical Center two days after, leaving the hospital on foot.