Ryan Newman wants to return to racing ‘as soon as I possibly can’

Ryan Newman Wednesday morning on NBC’s ‘Today’ show said he had a bruised brain and was knocked unconscious during his Daytona 500 crash, but he wants to return to racing as soon as possible.“data-reactid =” 13 “>Ryan Newman Wednesday morning on NBC’s ‘Today’ show said he had a bruised brain and was knocked unconscious during his Daytona 500 crash, but he wants to return to racing as soon as possible.

Corey LaJoie‘s) car pushed me forward, his car actually hit my seat. “” data-reactid = “14”> Newman said in the interview that his car’s cage was “in danger. All those welds held together so the guys at the shop did a great job. I was hit from behind by a car that drove 190 miles an hour and it pushed me back, but then (Corey LaJoie“S) car pushed me forward, his car hit my seat.”

About his injuries, Newman said on the show “Today”: “It takes a while to heal. I was knocked out. There was a moment when I don’t remember part of the race. Realistically I feel so happy. I feel so happy on so many levels You look at the crash and you think that’s bad in a bad way When you look at the car after that you think about everything that happened well for me to be here . “

As for when he will return, Newman said, “I don’t know yet. We’re working on it. As soon as possible.”

Newman showed his signature humor in the interview when asked about the last thing he remembers from the crash.

“This was my conversation I should have won, right?” he said laughing. “It is undoubtedly emotional. I think that I was so close, but in the end I feel really honored by the opportunity to continue my life, to be blessed by the prayers of so many people, to sit here and hopefully make something of it, enjoy life with my daughters. ‘

Newman was asked about his interest in safety during his NASCAR career. The Purdue engineer is outspoken about safety issues.

“It’s not just me, but there’s a whole group at NASCAR that has done a great job, from the race tracks to the safety personnel, the drivers in the cars, the cockpits, the closed seats we have,” he said. “So many things have happened in the past 20 years that I’ve been part of the sport that helped me to be here today.”

When asked about what went well in the crash that helped him survive, Newman told the show “Today”: “Exactly where I was kind of a hit, so to speak. The cage was in danger. All those welds held together, so the guys in the shop did a great job I was hit from behind by a car driving at 190 miles per hour and it pushed me back, but then (Corey LaJoie’s) car pushed me forward, his car hit my seat Just a lot of things that have happened that are coordinated. The angels were aligned and really held a good grip with their hands. “

Newman was asked why he would want to race again after surviving such a horrific accident, when instead he could retire at the age of 42.

“I love it,” he said. “Because I’m just 42 right? I really love it. It was kind of painful to be out of the race car, not doing what I’ve been doing for so many years. I started racing when I was 4 years old, 4 1 / 2 years old. It’s just kind of who I am. “

As for what he told his two daughters who walked out of the hospital hand in hand, Newman told the show “Today”: “Dad is doing well. They seem to be okay with the fact that I’m still Daddy. I think it would be very different if something else had happened, but I am 100 percent who I was, what they were good at. “

Ryan Blaney. After exiting Turn 4, Newman blocked Blaney, who then attempted to push Newman to victory to ensure a Ford win. But one of the pushes from Blaney’s car made Newman’s car restless and he turned into the wall. “Data-reactid =” 37 “> Newman led the Daytona 500 to go a mile last month after being pushed forward by Ryan Blaney. After exiting Turn 4, Newman blocked Blaney, who then attempted to push Newman to victory to ensure a Ford win. But one of the slides from Blaney’s car troubled Newman’s car and turned into the wall.

Newman’s car took to the skies and turned upside down. Unable to avoid Newman’s car, LaJoie hit him on the driver’s side while upside down. Newman’s car landed on the roof and slid past the prow, coming to a stop past the pit road exit.

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