UPDATE: NASCAR is reporting that ryan Newman is being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The finish of the two-day Daytona 500 on Monday night turned out to be a stunner.
Due to a rain delay the race was pushed into a second day and it was well worth the wait until the last unfortunate lap in overtime.
Ryan Newman’s car flipped over, was crashed into and caught fire at the finish line of the Daytona 500 on Monday as he tried to hold onto the lead.
— Troy Hirsch (@troyhirschfox5) February 18, 2020
His car crossed the finish line on its roof finishing fourth.
Newman was not immediately responsive on his radio as medics rushed onto the track.
Paramedics used black screens to shield the crowd’s view of the mangled car and the removal of Newman from the wreckage. Also all media was cleared from the pit area.
— Ryan Forgue (@ryanforgue) February 18, 2020
The FOX television broadcast said he was being taken straight to the hospital.
Denny Hamlin in the number 11 FedEx car won the Daytona 500 in the second closest finish in history for the second year in a row.
Joe Gibbs issues an apology for the Denny Hamlin team celebrating winning the #Daytona500 after the Ryan Newman wreck. Says they did not see the severity of it and are praying for him. Somber. pic.twitter.com/sjqf8SkNvQ
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) February 18, 2020
The celebration in victory lane was muted after Hamlin’s win because of a crash on the final lap of the green-white-checker finish when Newman’s car went airborne flipping over other cars several times. Newman lost control after jockeying for position with Hamlin and Ryan Blaney coming out of turn four.
Before going off the air, the Fox television broadcast said that Newman was being taken by ambulance to a Daytona area hospital. Newman was looking for his second Daytona 500 win, after capturing the title in 2008.