Ryan Newman is already looking forward to his NASCAR return.
The 42-year-old driver revealed in a statement Sunday that he suffered a head injury during a horrifying crash last Monday in the Daytona 500, but he did not break any bones and avoided internal injury. And Newman made sure to note he wants to get back on the track as soon as he’s able.
“I have spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the No. 6 car will be waiting and ready for my return,” Newman said in the statement, initially read by Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark at the Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas. “I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford.”
Newman was hospitalized after the fiery accident but was released on Wednesday, pictured holding hands with his two daughters as he departed.
He thanked people in and out of the NASCAR community for support, along with medical personnel. He says doctors “have been pleased with my progression over the last few days” regarding his head injury.
Ross Chastain is filling in for Newman in the No. 6 car. Newmark told reporters Newman was “very active” on the phone, trying to help his team throughout the weekend.
While Newmark didn’t have a timetable for Newman’s return, it’s clear he’s not spooked by Monday’s crash.
“His objective is to win the 2020 Cup championship,” Newmark said, according to The Athletic.