Ryan Newman cannot recollect anything from the Daytona 500 crash. While he has watched the videos of his crash, he is yet to see the whole replay video of the race, which he says he will do some other time. Speaking in a Zoom teleconference, Newman said:
That’s the part, for me, that makes me feel how special it really was – the miracle part of it.
Because I don’t remember anything about being in the hospital. I couldn’t tell you who came to visit me. I couldn’t tell you who was in the room. But I do remember putting my arms around my daughter’s chests and walking out and holding their hands as I did that. And that tells me that God was involved, that tells me that I was blessed in more ways than one. … I feel like a complete walking miracle.
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After the Daytona 500 crash and recovery, Ryan Newman has already completed a private test at Darlington Raceway. Regarding the test, he said:
I was so excited and ready to go and just kind of prove myself that I actually had to slow myself down and make sure that I didn’t go out there and fence it on the first lap by trying too hard.
So I never felt like I had to be apprehensive towards it, other than the fact that I wanted to make sure that I didn’t mess up my own test. I was there to prove that I was valid in the seat again.
As he has already received clearance from NASCAR, Newman is set to be back in today’s Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington. He is very excited to take the wheels of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
I’m hoping to do every lap and then one more after that.