Ryan Newman released from hospital after showing 'great improvement' following Daytona 500 crash

Ryan Newman's car flipped through the air after it was hit by Corey LaJoie's car in the final milliseconds of the Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Ryan Newman's car flipped through the air after it was hit by Corey LaJoie's car in the final milliseconds of the Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The news about Ryan Newman’s condition continues to get better and better.

Newman was released from the hospital Wednesday, according to Roush Fenway Racing, after he showed “great improvement” following his horrific crash Monday night on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Krissie Newman posted a video of Ryan walking out of the hospital with their two daughters. The team had said Tuesday that Newman was awake and communicating with family and doctors.

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Newman was leading the race heading toward the checkered flag when he lost control of his car after contact with Ryan Blaney. As Newman’s car skidded toward the wall and then flipped over, it was pounded by Corey LaJoie’s onrushing car.

Denny Hamlin edged out Blaney at the finish line for the victory.

Newman had to be extricated from his vehicle by safety crews after it skidded down the track and came to rest past the exit of pit road. After crews spent about 15 minutes getting Newman out of his car he was taken directly to Halifax, which is located across the street from Daytona International Speedway.

Newman, 42, is in his second season racing for Roush Fenway. The 18-time Cup Series winner won the 2008 Daytona 500 and finished second in the points standings in 2014 while driving for Richard Childress Racing. He’s also long been outspoken about the dangers of Cup Series cars getting airborne and flipping over.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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