Families and friends are praying for NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier and his two-year-old daughter, Kynlee, who were involved in a frightening crash during the Daytona 500 Sunday night.

NASCAR announced that Allgaier and his daughter were "awake and talking" and "in the care of our team of doctors and nurses" following the incident, but provided no information on injuries.

During the final corner of the race, Allgaier's car smashed into the outside wall -- its nose and front end flying through the air -- and then struck the inside wall.

Kynlee was standing in the grandstands at the time of the crash, authorities said.

State troopers and first responders rushed to the scene to provide aid to those who were injured.

Police said Allgaier was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, and then transferred to Via Christi North Florida in Tampa for further treatment.

"All attendees including spectators and race participants were evacuated from the area," authorities said.

This was the eighth fatality in the 65-year history of the Daytona 500.

Earlier in the event, a truck driver was killed in a multi-car accident on pit road. Before the race began, officials suspended qualifying, including Michael McDowell's final-round playoff race.

The preliminary results of the Daytona 500 will be updated later Monday, NASCAR said.