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Ryan Newman says he doesn't remember the Daytona 500 accident

Ryan Newman says he doesn't remember the Daytona 500 accident”

Newman also said they put a PICC line - or a peripherally inserted central catheter - in his shoulder, but that was the extent of his medical procedures. "The safety workers, the personnel that were involved, that were inside the auto 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 hands around my daughters and to be thankful".

Newman spent almost 40 minutes on a Zoom call with reporters Thursday to detail what he knows about the accident, its aftermath and his impending return to the track Sunday at Darlington Raceway. He said one doctor diagnosed a concussion but another did not.

"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".

"You know everyone is going to be out there ready to pounce on whatever spot they can, so you just have to be smart".

"I can't answer all of those things and I don't think anybody can when miracles do happen, but we need to be thankful for that - at least I am - and I'm just proud of how everybody has united in the past say 20 years that I've been involved in this sport to make the tracks safer, the walls safer, the cockpit safer, the seat safer - all the work that has gone into that collectively, not just the NASCAR world, but everybody", Newman continued. "That doesn't mean that I was, and that's why when it comes time to having a bruise heal, especially one you can't see, you have to be extra careful".

Transported straight from his vehicle to the hospital that Monday night, Newman was released on Wednesday afternoon.

The No. 6 Ford then slammed into the wall, was plowed into by Corey LaJoie from behind, went airborne and eventually landed upside down before sliding off the Daytona International Speedway track as flames and sparks shot out of it.

He's ready and excited for the opportunity to get behind the wheel again.

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The sigh of relief came hours later when NASCAR released a statement that Newman was ok. It's the second time that NASCAR has made further safety changes in the wake of a crash involving Newman. "I really looked at my father and said", Hey, did it really happen?

However, that's still what he's been told.

Newman explained that as part of his treatment, doctors put him in a medically-induced coma upon his arrival at Daytona Beach's Halifax Medical Center. He said his carbon fiber helmet, the car's various safety enhancements that NASCAR has developed over the years, including a "Newman Bar" across the front of the roll cage, a feature NASCAR implemented after a crash between Newman and Kurt Busch in 2012, as well as the efficiency of the medical personnel at the track contributed to his good fortune.

"Everything aligned perfectly for me to be alive and here with you today", he said.

"That tells me God was involved", he said. "It's not a fair assessment to say, but everything happened really quick and everything was all in that compartment, basically, and I guess it would be like a case of high-quality whiplash that kind of happened when I was hit".

Newman has provided feedback to NASCAR from the accident, and NASCAR officials have worked with his Roush Fenway Racing team to devise new things with the race vehicle. NASCAR also granted him a waiver allowing him to be eligible for the 2020 Cup Series playoffs and championship.

"I'm hoping to do every lap", Newman said, "and then one more after that".



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