Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg tweeted a get-well-soon message to NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, who hails from the former mayor’s hometown of South Bend, Indiana.
Buttigieg sent his positive message after Newman’s race car flipped and ignited into flames on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in Florida Monday.
“Praying for a son of South Bend tonight, as we all wish the best for @RyanJNewman and his family after today’s devastating accident,” Buttigieg wrote.
Newman, 42, was jockeying for position with eventual winner Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney, when his No. 6 car spun into the wall, flipped onto its roof and was then hit by Corey LaJoie’s vehicle.
Newman’s car flew into the air before sliding across the track upside down and igniting into flames.
Hours after the smash-up, his racing team said in a statement that Newman was seriously injured, but was expected to survive.
“Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life-threatening,” Roush Fenway Racing said in the statement.
“We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time,” they added.