© Provided by Daily Messenger Ryan Newman (6) watched a replay of his Daytona crash and said he had a hard time believing he went through it. He has no recollection of the final lap in which Ryan Blaney turned him in the trio-oval and then had his airborne vehicle hit by Corey LaJoie. "We did two five-lap runs and then kind of checked the tyres out and then put another set of tyres on for a 20-lap run and wanted to see how I felt in the vehicle", Newman said.
"You have to work your way into that level of confidence and we'll have plenty of laps in Darlington to do that on Sunday". "I don't have any defined video that I can give a 100 percent answer that this is exactly the second this happened". But I see the end result and that my helmet did have contact, my HANS did have contact, and I was being moved backwards in my seat as vehicle was moving me forward. "That tells me God was involved".
"Everything happened really quick and everything was all in that compartment, basically, and I guess it would be like a case of high-quality whiplash that kind of happened when I was hit", the experienced racer added. He also has no recollection of his time at Halifax Medical Center and says he was treated in such a way as to keep him calm and that he not know what his condition was. However, Newman says when he was initially rushed into the hospital, he was put into a medically induced coma and a PICC line was inserted into his chest to feed blood his heart. He had no other major injuries and walked out of the hospital holding the hands of his two daughters two days later. "I wouldn't call it a vegetative state, but I wasn't a fruit either", he joked. "I was meant to be relaxed".
"They always say things happen for a reason and this year has been the year", said Newman.
In the equipment department, Newman noted it was discovered his window net wasn't secured correctly to where it "was ready for the next shot, so to speak".
On the call with reporters Thursday, he said doctors told him there's no evidence his brain was deprived of oxygen. "I couldn't tell you who was in the room", Newman claimed today. "You can't see a concussion".
"The fact that my brain was injured in this accident to the point it knocked me out, and I don't remember parts of the accident that day, tells me that something happened".
"I kind of put it in layman's terms of having a bruised brain because everybody knows what a bruise is". The series will race without spectators at Darlington, Newman's favorite track.
Newman talked with members of the media on Thursday afternoon in advance of his first race since Daytona, Sunday's 400-miler at Darlington Raceway. After safety crews got Newman out of the vehicle, an ambulance took him to a nearby Daytona Beach hospital, and Roush said he was in "serious condition".
"We all need to realize that Newman's crash was the best, right?" Newman took the lead on the final lap that Monday evening in Florida, but then he was bumped from behind and his vehicle skidded to the right and flipped high into the air before landing upside down at the Daytona International Speedway.