Ryan Newman has been silent on social media since the scary crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 last week, but on Tuesday he spoke up for the first time about getting some “therapy” done.
“Got a little therapy in yesterday. #outdoors #catchandrelease,” Newman jokingly said in a tweet that showed a photo of him holding a fish he had just reeled in.
Newman, who was released from the hospital last Wednesday after spending two nights there, is an avid fisherman and hunter, so this seems like an appropriate form of recovery.
— Ryan Newman (@RyanJNewman) February 25, 2020
Following his release last week, Newman released a statement.
“The outpouring of emotion from not only the NASCAR community, but across the country, has been truly humbling,” Newman said. “I want to personally thank everyone including the Man upstairs for their support, encouragement and the numerous offers of assistance.
“I’ve spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the #6 car will be waiting and ready for my return,” Newman continued. “I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford.”
“Most importantly, I have to thank the guys back at the Roush Fenway Racing shop that built me a car not only fast enough to lead the final seconds of the Daytona 500, but strong enough to do its job under great distress, allowing me to survive such an accident,” Newman wrote in his statement.
“I am truly indebted to each of you and it is unlikely I will ever be able to properly express to you how much the diligent effort with which you conduct your craftsmanship has affected me and my family,” Newman said. “I hope you took pride in the photograph of me walking out of the hospital hand in hand with my daughters on Wednesday.”
Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark tweeted a message for the staff at the Halifax Health Medical Center where Newman was taken after the crash.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to many people for what transpired over the last few days but a special thanks to the incredible care and attention from the staff at Halifax Health Medical Center,” he said, along side a photo of the hospital team.
Newmark previously released a statement when Newman was released from the hospital, as well.
“First and foremost, our focus remains with Ryan and his family as he continues to recover,” said Newmark. “We also want to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have offered support and taken the time to send their thoughts and prayers to Ryan, his family and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing.
“The NASCAR community has long prided itself on being a close-knit family,” added Newmark. “That is never more evident than during these types of moments, and we want to express our appreciation to everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing as well as Kaulig Racing for allowing Ross to fill in for Ryan in the No. 6 on such short notice.”