NASCAR driver Ryan Newman awake and speaking after Daytona wreck

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WDBJ7) -- UPDATE: NASCAR racer Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with doctors after crashing his car Monday at the Daytona 500. He remains at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, according to Roush Fenway, for which he drives.

Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne after crashing with Corey LaJoie (32) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country. They are grateful for the unwavering response from the NASCAR community and beyond.

EARLIER STORY: NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was taken to a hospital following a violent wreck in the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Newman had been leading the race entering the final turn, with Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin close behind before the wreck occurred.

Newman was removed from the car by rescue personnel at Daytona International Speedway and taken to the hospital. His status remains unknown.

This is a developing story.

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