Ryan Newman update: Newman is 'awake and speaking' following Daytona 500 crash

Ryan Newman, top center, goes airborne as he is hit by Corey LaJoie (32) on the final lap of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday's race was postponed because of rain. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Good news has come following the horrific crash of NASCAR drive Ryan Newman.

Tuesday afternoon Roush Fenway Racing released a statement about Newman’s condition saying that he is "awake and speaking with family and doctors."

“Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country. They are grateful for the unwavering support of the NASCAR community and beyond,” the statement said.

Newman was leading the pack in the final stretch of Monday's Daytona 500 before he was bumped from behind by Ryan Blaney. Newman crashed into the wall as a result of the contact and was then hit by another driver, sending his No. 6 vehicle airborne before it came crashing down upside down on the track.

Newman is continuing to be treated for injuries at Halifax Medical Center.