UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: The story has been updated to reflect a statement from Ryan Newman’s team, saying Newman’s injuries are serious but not life threatening.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has been taken to a nearby hospital after he crashed coming to the finish of the Daytona 500.
Newman was taken to the Halifax Medical Center and is in serious condition, although the injuries are not life threatening, according to a statement from his team, Roush Fenway Racing.
Newman was leading the race exiting the final corner of the final lap, but was sent into the wall after a push from Ryan Blaney turned him sideways. After hitting the wall and flipping, Newman’s car was struck while in the air by driver Corey Lajoie.
Safety crews extinguished the fire from Newman’s car, flipped the car over and eventually got Newman out and into an ambulance.
Denny Hamlin, who was behind Newman and Blaney at the time of the crash, won the race by 0.014 seconds over Blaney. It was the second-closest Daytona 500 finish in history.
Newman, a 42-year-old veteran in the sport, hails from South Bend, Indiana and is an alumnus of Purdue University. He drives for team owner Jack Roush, but has raced in NASCAR for owners like Roger Penske, Tony Stewart and Richard Childress.
Rain on Sunday forced the finish of the Daytona 500 to be postponed to Monday night. Multiple crashes late in the race prompted a two-lap shootout to the finish in overtime.