Days after his bumper caused a violent fall in the last lap of the Daytona 500, when Ryan Newman was hospitalized, driver Ryan Blaney found inspiration from his Ford colleague.
"I don't think you'll ever see someone as tough as Ryan Newman," Blaney wrote in a statement released on Twitter on Thursday. “Seeing him go out of the hospital with his girls brought a tear to my eyes. I was lucky enough to talk to him briefly last night about what happened on Monday. It was just good to hear his voice, to be honest.
"His Ryan Newman humor was at large and brought a smile to my face."
In trying to get Newman to victory on Monday, Blaney's bumper "mishandled and I twisted it". Newman's car crashed into a side wall where it was struck by Corey LaJoie, causing the vehicle to roll through the air and eventually slide across the track in flames.
NASCAR employees immediately took care of Newman, finally released him from the car and sent him to the hospital. He was released on Wednesday.
"The recovery he's had in the past few days has been remarkable," Blaney wrote. "I look forward to seeing him soon to talk more about it. We are all competitors who fight for victories every weekend but at the same time are one big family and you never want the family to get hurt. I kept repeating the events in my head, which I could have done differently since then.
"I'm very happy to have a great family, friends, a team and incredible fans who helped me this week. I can't thank everyone enough for that."
Despite the terrible crash, everyone involved is on the best way to recover. Blaney said he thought he would do more than speak to Newman early enough.
"I can't wait to get Rocketman Ryan Newman back on the track like never before," he wrote.