(CNN) – Ryan Newman, leading the final lap of NASCAR's Daytona 500, was involved in a fiery crash Monday that saw his car spin and go airborne, flipping several times.
FOX television commentators said Newman would be removed and taken directly to a local hospital. According to The Associated Press, NASCAR said Newman is in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
The 42-year-old racer is in his 19th full season in the NASCAR Cup series, according to his profile on the association's website.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, flips over as he crashes during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Monday's race at Daytona International Speedway in Florida was postponed from Sunday because of inclement weather.
Denny Hamlin was named winner Monday, marking his third career win at “the Great American Race,” NASCAR’s marquee event and first race of the NASCAR Cup season.
This was the 62nd running of the race.
The crash comes almost 19 years to the day since seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. suffered a fatal crash on the final lap of the race, on February 18, 2001.
In an interview with reporters after Monday's race, Hamlin called the accident the "worst-case scenario" in a race.
"We're praying for the best. Ryan's ... a tough guy. We're hoping that he comes out of this good."
Last week, Newman tweeted he would be separating from his wife, Krissie, after 16 years of marriage.
“We will continue to jointly raise our girls, while remaining friends and continuing to work together supporting Rescue Ranch,” he wrote, mentioning his animal welfare non-profit. “Thank you for the years of support and friendship. We ask that (our) daughters’ privacy be respected at this time.”