President Trump is 'praying' for Ryan Newman, who is in a serious condition in hospital following a fiery crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday night.
Newman, who was leading the famous race in his No. 6 Ford Mustang, was zooming around the speedway at 195 miles per hour when the smash happened.
'Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver,' the Commander-in-chief tweeted out, just two days after his own highly-publicized visit to the raceway.
The incident occurred when Newman's car was nudged up against a wall and flipped over just meters from the finish line. As Newman's Mustang fell back onto the raceway, it was struck by a trailing car which prompted it to flip into the air again.
Thousands of stunned spectators watched on in disbelief as the vehicle eventually landed on its roof after catching fire and rolling for several meters.
Medics and Daytona officials ran out onto the speedway to cut Newman from the smoking wreck.
Several hours later, NASCAR released a statement, saying: 'Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time.'
NEW LaJoie (top right) hit Newman's car on Monday night during the final lap of the Daytona 500. Newman remains in the hospital in a serious condition but he is expected to make a full recovery. He was leading the famous race in his No. 6 Ford Mustang when he first hit the wall at 195 miles per hour. It sent his car spinning backwards and LaJoie, who was driving behind him, then crashed into the driver's side of Newman's vehicle. Newman's Mustang flipped multiple times and began spitting out flames. He was pulled from the wreckage (left) in front of nervous crowds afterwards and was immediately rushed to the hospital. President Trump tweeted on Monday night that he was 'praying' for the 42-year-old driver. On Tuesday morning during an interview with Good Morning America, LaJoie said he it was 'very scary' what had happened.'He's obviously in a serious condition because that's probably the most vulnerable spot in our race cars that was a really scary wreck.
A smiling Newman had earlier posed in his hospital gown with his girls following a Daytona 500 crash on Monday, inset. His team tweeted the happy images, main, on Wednesday.