Newmark thanked NASCAR officials and racing fans for the support Newman and the team received after the driver’s final-lap crash at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17.
Ross Chastain will fill in for Newman on the NASCAR circuit, Newmark said at the news conference.
“Ryan wants to figure out how he can get back here, get that waiver, win a race and get into the playoffs," Newmark said. “The minute Ryan is given the green light to be back at the track, even if it’s not to race, he will be back here."
Newmark also commented on Newman’s sense of humor, noting that the driver, who was recovering at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, asked for doughnuts from his family after he was examined by doctors.
“There is truth to the rumor that once Ryan found out there were doughnuts available in the medical center, he asked his dad to go downstairs and get him one," Newmark said.