(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. There have been no statements on his condition.
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.
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