Kyle Busch on driver safety: "We're not invincible"

Jim Utter

“I think sometimes you take it for granted. What we’re doing, the severity of what we’re doing, the course of action of what injury can happen – it can happen in any instance, we’re not invincible,” two-time Cup champion Kyle Busch said Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“Safety is always an evolution. There’s going to be something else that happens that we have to go through and figure out the circumstances as to why it happened, how can we prevent it from happening again.”

Newman suffered what were described at the time as “serious but non-life-threatening” injuries in a violent crash on the last lap of Monday’s Daytona 500.

During the incident, Newman got turned into the wall and his No. 6 Ford went airborne and was struck by another car in the driver’s side door area as it returned to the ground. The car ended up on its roof and on fire before safety workers arrived on the scene.

Crash of Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Koch Industries

Crash of Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Koch Industries Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images

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However, by Tuesday afternoon, Newman’s Roush Fenway Racing team had issued a statement that he was “awake and speaking” and he ended up being released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Crash of Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Koch Industries

Crash of Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Koch Industries Nigel Kinrade / NKP / Motorsport Images

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