‘We’re praying for him’: Fans gather outside hospital after Ryan Newman’s crash at Daytona 500

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman “fully alert” and walking during recovery from final-lap wreck at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Fans gathered outside a Daytona Beach hospital Monday night, awaiting news on the condition of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, who was injured during a horrific final-lap crash at the Daytona 500 race.

Fans waited for updates outside Halifax Health Medical Center, which is just a few minutes away from the track, WFTV.com reported.

NASCAR tweeted around 10 p.m. that Newman was transported to the hospital and was in serious condition, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

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One person said he witnessed Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s fatal, final-lap crash during the Daytona 500 in 2001, and was hoping for a different outcome for Newman.

After news broke that Newman was expected to live, fans rejoiced, WFTV reported.

Fans, celebrities and fellow racers also took to social media to express their well-wishes to Newman.

Fans are gathering outside the hospital where Ryan Newman was rushed to following a terrible crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 Monday night.
Fans are gathering outside the hospital where Ryan Newman was rushed to following a terrible crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 Monday night. (WFTV.com News Staff)