Ryan Newman said he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details in a statement from the driver read before Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the AP reports. "I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I’m currently being treated," Newman wrote in a statement. "The doctors have been pleased with my progression over the last few days." There is no timetable for Newman's return to racing, but Roush Fenway Racing said the 42-year-old Indiana native is determined to get back to the track. "He has expressed unequivocally that this is where he wants to be and he wants to be back in a race car," said Roush President Steve Newmark.
Roush Fenway gave its first detailed account of the harrowing ordeal that began when Newman, while leading the last lap of the rain-delayed Daytona 500, was involved in a crash that sent him hard into a wall, airborne, hit in the driver side door by another car, then trapped in an upside-down Ford on fire as rescue workers tried to free him from the damaged vehicle. He was hospitalized Monday night in what Roush officials called serious but not life-threatening condition. Newman walked out of the Daytona Beach hospital roughly 42 hours later appearing unscathed and holding hands with his two young daughters. That moment was a testament to a car that was "strong enough to do its job under great distress, allowing me to survive such an accident," said Newman. (See how safety measures also helped him survive.)