Auto racing notebook: Ryan Newman says he's ready to go when NASCAR returns to track

AP photo by Carlos Osorio / NASCAR driver Ryan Newman climbs into his Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford before a Cup Series practice session on June 7, 2019, at Michigan International Speedway.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ryan Newman said he will be ready to race when NASCAR resumes competition, which could be as early as mid-May.

Newman injured his head in February during a frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500, the Cup Series season opener. The Indiana native spent less than 48 hours in a hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida, before walking out holding hands with his two daughters.

Ross Chastain drove the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford in place of Newman for three races before the NASCAR season was suspended March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking before NASCAR's iRacing event Sunday, Newman said on Fox Sports that he will be ready to race when the sanctioning body calls drivers back to the track.

"That's the absolute plan for sure.