Ryan Newman returns to track after NASCAR wreck: ‘Great to be alive’

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Newman was again at the keep track of Friday, sipping on

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Newman was again at the keep track of Friday, sipping on a Coke and casually strolling as a result of the infield of Phoenix Raceway.

It was tough to imagine he was in a terrifying wreck at the Daytona 500 a lot less than 3 months in the past.

“It’s fantastic to be alive,” Newman explained. “If you seem at my car, it’s a wonder.”

The harrowing crash on the previous lap at Daytona experienced several fearing the worst. To the shock of just about all people, 42-12 months-previous Newman walked out of a clinic a lot less than 48 several hours following the crash and explained Friday he feels “fine” during a limited job interview as he walked to his hauler.

Newman explained he was at the keep track of this weekend to offer aid the Roush Fenway Racing crew, like Ross Chastain, who has driven his car the previous number of months. He explained he has “no idea” when he would return to racing and looked ahead to using edge of having a distinctive vantage level for the crew.

“I experience like I should really be capable to choose edge of this insane prospect,” Newman explained.

It can be been an psychological number of months for the activity, especially motorists like Ryan Blaney and Corey LaJoie, who have been specifically involved in the crash. Blaney was the driver who tried to drive Newman to the acquire at Daytona and rather hooked Newman’s car, ensuing in it likely airborne. LaJoie’s car crashed into Newman’s as it careened down the keep track of.


NASCAR has not experienced a fatality in its elite Cup Sequence considering the fact that 2001.

Newman’s existence in Arizona became identified Thursday night time when LaJoie posted to social media a photo of Newman, Blaney and himself at Arizona State’s soccer stadium. Blaney explained it was a Ford crew-constructing function and Newman stunned them at supper.

Blaney explained Newman and the Ford team talked about a wide wide range of topics, like the crash, his recovery and how to maintain increasing the safety of the activity.

“That was the initially time I’ve viewed Ryan individually,” Blaney explained. “That was definitely awesome. We sat and talked — the whole Ford team — for an hour, hour and an fifty percent when he received there. We talked about a ton of stuff. It was just awesome to see him.”

By Friday, he was again at the keep track of.

“I’m right here just spectating,” Newman explained with a grin. “Just having some entertaining.”