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Ryan Newman Address Fans In His First Video Appearance Since His Daytona 500 Crash

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By Clark Sparky

Ryan Newman is not ready to get back into a race car yet following his scary crash at the end of the Daytona 500 last week, but he is ready to talk on camera to his fans.

The driver recorded a new video on Thursday in which he thanked everyone for their support.

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"Hey guys, I just wanna thank you for all your support and encouragement over the past couple of weeks; they've been quite a challenge," he said. "While I won't be in the car this weekend, we're really excited about the debut of the Castrol paint scheme on the number six Castrol car, the Castrol Ford for Roush Fenway racing. Been a great partner and look forward to a new level of performance from our team."

Following his release from the hospital after a two night stay 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."

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"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.

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