NASCAR Driver Ryan Preece Survives Terrifying Crash at Daytona Speedway
After a heart-stopping crash that sent his car rolling multiple times at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR driver Ryan Preece has been discharged from the hospital and is on his way home just 12 hours later.
The Wreck: A Harrowing View
Witness the intensity of the crash from these two angles:
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 27, 2023
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 27, 2023
Despite the terrifying ordeal, Preece was able to climb out of his mangled No. 41 Ford with assistance before being taken to the hospital for observation.
Preece’s Remarkable Recovery
Stewart-Haas Racing has confirmed that Preece is now heading back to North Carolina after receiving clearance from doctors at Halifax Health Medical Center. The team reported that Preece is “awake, alert, and mobile” and has been in contact with his loved ones.
Preece himself took to Twitter a few hours after the race, declaring, “If you want to be a race car driver, you better be tough. … I’m coming back.”
If you want to be a race car driver, you better be tough.
— Ryan Preece (@RyanPreece_) August 27, 2023
The Next Gen Car: A Lifesaver
Preece’s ability to escape the wreckage with assistance is a testament to NASCAR’s Next Gen car, which is hailed as the safest version in the sport’s 75-year history. The car’s improved safety features have significantly reduced the number of missed races and reported concussions in 2023.
Previously, the car faced criticism for its vulnerability to rear-impact collisions, which caused severe injuries to drivers like Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman. However, NASCAR has spent considerable time testing and refining the car to minimize the G-forces experienced by drivers.
A Reminder of NASCAR’s Safety Progress
Preece’s crash brings back memories of Ryan Newman’s harrowing wreck in the 2020 Daytona 500. Newman’s survival, along with Preece’s, showcases the safety improvements made by NASCAR since the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001.
As NASCAR continues to prioritize driver safety, incidents like Preece’s serve as a reminder of the risks these athletes face and the importance of ongoing safety advancements.
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