Ryan Newman transported to hospital after hard wreck ends Daytona 500

Fox announcer Mike Joy said Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman was taken to a local hospital Monday after a hard wreck on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Newman was battling for the lead with race winner Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney when his No. 6 Ford took a hard right and slammed into the outside wall in an impact with the left front.

Newman’s car went airborne and landed upside down on the pavement when hit in the driver’s side door by Corey LaJoie‘s Ford at full speed. The impact caused Newman’s Mustang to slide a few hundred feet down the frontstretch on its roof.

The car came to a stop at the end of the pits, and fuel appeared to be pouring out of the rear end.

It took safety workers more than 10 minutes to remove Newman from the car. Fox didn’t show any replays of him being removed from the car and also didn’t provide any information on his condition. NASCAR had yet to provide an update on Newman’s condition more than 90 minutes after the race.

“Ryan Newman has been helped from his car by the AMR safety team, loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital,” Joy said on the Fox broadcast. “That’s all the information we can provide at this time.”

Fox analyst Jeff Gordon added that “it was a phenomenal race all the way until we came into the trioval there. Safety has come a long way in this sport, but sometimes we are reminded that it is a very dangerous sport. Thoughts and prayers right now are with Ryan Newman and his family.”

Newman is entering his 19th season in NASCAR’s premier series and won rookie of the year in 2002.

He has 18 career victories, including the 2008 Daytona 500, and finished second in the 2014 standings.

Newman, 42, has driven for Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, Richard Childress Racing and is in his second season with Roush Fenway Racing after taking the No. 6 to the playoffs last year.