Nascar driver Ryan Newman is awake, and speaking with family and medical staff, after his horrific crash in the final stages of the Daytona 500.
The American's car slammed into the wall at more than 322kph, before being T-boned by a rival car and then flipping several times, before coming to a halt.
The incident sent shockwaves across the paddock, with fears for Newman's life, as emergency crews tended to the Roush Fenway Racing driver for more than 30 minutes.
Newman was rushed to a local hospital in a serious condition, but news improved overnight, with his team confirming his injuries were not life-threatening and he was communicating with family.
The 42-year-old was leading as the field took the white flag, with a second Daytona 500 title in his grasp. Ultimately, the accident would gift the race to Danny Hamlin for the second straight year, although his celebrations were cut short, when he realised the circumstances.
Nascar has spent two decades working on safety improvements, after the tragic death of legendary Dale Earnhardt at the same track in 2001.
The series hasn't seen a fatality since.