DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WZTV) -- NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is still in the hospitalized in serious, but non-life-threatening, condition following a serious crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 Monday night.
Newman crashed at the end of the race and his car hit a wall, flipped, rolled over and caught fire as he skidded across the finish line. Newman's driver's side door was hit at full speed during the horrific crash.
NASCAR Executive President Steve O'Donnell said in a statement to reporters that Newman's injuries are considered non-life threatening. He's being treated and undergoing evaluation at Halifax Health Medical Center.
"Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available. " - NASCAR
Many drivers were rattled by the crash.
"I don't feel good about today....how have we just kept avoiding the inevitable, which is the wrecks," Denny Hamlin, who ended up winning the race, said recalling a conversation earlier in the day.
Hamlin didn't learn about the extent of Newman's crash until after the race, when FOX Sports said they wouldn't be interviewing him after his burnouts.
Meanwhile, team owner Joe Gibbs said he didn't learn about the severity of the crash until Victory Lane and apologized for his team's celebration.
“We didn’t know until victory lane,” Gibbs said. “I know that for a lot of us, participating in sports and being in things where there are some risks, in a way, that’s what they get excited about. Racing, we know what can happen, we just dream it doesn’t happen. We are all just praying now for the outcome on this.”
Ryan Blaney, who took second at Daytona, said in a statement, "We pushed Newman there to the lead and then we got a push from the 11 ... I was committed to just pushing him to the win and having a Ford win it and got the bumpers hooked up wrong. It looked bad.”
Members of the NASCAR world are tweeting out prayers for Newman.
Hamlin told reporters that "everyone should be thinking about Newman right now."
Gibbs said the team is praying for Newman.