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The story of Ryan Newman’s Daytona 500 crash, as told by his dad | Professional Sports

Greg Newman recalled hanging on for dear life, arms wrapped around his driver, as he sped to the hospital on the back of a police motorcycle in his blue jeans and flip-flops. It wasn’t the appropriate footwear for the ride and the vehicle was meant to seat only one person, the cop, but Newman wasn’t concerned with his own safety at that point. He had just witnessed his son, Ryan, a NASCAR driver and South Bend native, endure a violent wreck on the last lap of the Daytona 500 and he was trying to get to him.

“It was pretty agonizing just to stand (at the track) and wait, not know what’s going on or see what’s going on or anything,” Newman told The Charlotte Observer about the moments after the accident. “Finally a motorcycle policeman came by and told me they had a car coming real soon to get

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