Racing, like all sports across the world over the last month and a half, has been brought to a halt by the global coronavirus pandemic that has turned life upside down for everyone.
For Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman though, life changed before all of this when he was hospitalized after being involved in a crash during the last-lap wreck that took place in the Daytona 500 in February.
Despite the accident and the global health pandemic that has entirely turned his life upside down over the course of a few short months, Newman said during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series simulation race at Talladega Superspeedway that he planned to return to the drivers seat of his No. 6 Ford whenever NASCAR racing does resume.
“That’s the absolute plan, for sure,” Newman told FOX Sports. “I’m healthy. I’ve been blessed with another layer of this situation giving me more time to heal and look forward to being back in the seat, for sure.”
In order for a driver to safely be allowed to return to the sport after sustaining an injury, NASCAR, like almost any other sports league across the world, relies upon its doctors to medically clear the person in question.
NASCAR’s comments regarding Newman’s return to the game came as follows: “We share Ryan‘s enthusiasm in his return to the track. We look forward to Ryan returning to racing as soon as he is medically cleared to race.”
Newman was diagnosed with a bruised brain and was said to have been unconscious for a short period of time after the wreck, which is obviously a very serious thing.
With a full recovery seeming to have been or almost been fulfilled, and comments from NASCAR being in lockstep with Ryan’s, it seems as though he’s destined to make a full recovery.