Ryan Newman can’t catch a break. The 43-year-old driver was again in a crash at the Daytona 500, and again, it wasn’t his fault.
Coming into the 15th lap of the 2021 Daytona 500, much of the pack was getting tense towards the front. The moment the drivers went three-wide, it seemed inevitable there would be at least some rubbing and bumping.
Kyle Busch came in tight behind teammate Christopher Bell, bumping the young driver. This caused Bell to push forward, perhaps more than he expected, and hit Aric Almirola. This is where things get nuts, as seen in Newman’s in-car video.
You can barely see the first bumps, but it’s clear as day when Almirola collides with Alex Bowman. The two go flying by Newman, which kind of adds to the sting of Newman’s second crash. It seemed like he was getting past Almirola and Bowman, but Denny Hamlin looks to connect with him as he tried to escape.
The real money angle of the video is when Newman has spun around. It shows nearly all of the 16 drivers involved sliding and slamming into each other as most make their way out to the grass.
There’s not much Newman can do in this scenario, but he can be thankful it wasn’t nearly as severe as last year’s crash.
Ryan Newman Crashes at 2020 Daytona 500
In a hectic year, Ryan Newman’s crash at the Daytona 500 is one that sticks out. Primarily due to the fact that Newman’s car was sent flying and flaming, but partly because of the seriousness of his injury.
Recently, the father of Ryan Newman, Greg, talked to the Charlotte Observer about his perspective of the nearly-catastrophic event. While Newman eventually recovered from his bruised brain, the idea of that kind of injury is scary.
What’s scarier is when you don’t know what’s happening with your child. According to the report, Newman’s dad was the first to call Newman’s car.
“I don’t say anything on the radio unless it’s absolutely needed,” Newman said. “And the first thing I said was, ‘Talk to us when you can, buddy.’”
“I’ve always been there when anything nasty happened and generally he can speak or at least grasp air or something,” Newman said. “ … This one, we didn’t hear anything so we knew it’s not gonna be good.”
After being pulled out of the vehicle and rushed to a Daytona hospital, Newman was able to make his recovery. He still doesn’t have memory of the crash or the race. That hasn’t stopped him in any way as he makes his comeback.