Many of you remember this wreck... I remember being in the SHR chatroom when it all went down. All who were there were going bat crap crazy not knowing what was going on inside the car, and if Ryan was ok. During this wreck the greenhouse of the car collapsed pushing against Ryan's helmet as he hung upside down. Thankfully Ryan does not have a neck or it might have been broken.
So I was watching Pre season practice from Daytona a few weeks ago. They did a special feature of all the new safety features in the new Gen 6 cars. They talked about the larger roof flaps, the mini parachute type deal inside the roof flap, the lower rear bumpers, and they discussed a new addition to the roll cage of the car.... NASCAR has added a bar to the car that goes from the halo bar (the top of the roll cage) to the floor of the car to prevent the greenhouse from collapsing in the event of a roll over. They have named the bar "The Newman Bar". So Because of that horrific wreck in 2009 Many drivers should be safer in the future. I tried to find out how much imput Ryan had in it's development, but was unable to get an answer. I think it's awesome that even after Ryan decides to hang up his helmet a part of him will remain in the sport.
GO #39 U.S ARMY CHEVROLET