Ryan Newman 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Ryan Newman is moving on after five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing. He’ll drive the No. 31 Chevrolet at Richard Childress Racing in 2014, only this third team in his 12 full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ironically, one week after being told that his contract with fellow Hoosier Tony Stewart would not be renewed, Newman posted his 50th career Coors Light Pole and won the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It likely was Newman’s second biggest victory – after the 2008 Daytona 500. Newman qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as a Wild Card, but a 35th at Kansas Speedway and 38th at Martinsville Speedway took him out of championship contention.
Newman was the first driver Tony Stewart’s hired at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009 and made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup three times. Newman’s longest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tenure – seven full seasons – was with Penske Racing, which moved him through ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. He made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in 2000 at Phoenix International Raceway with the organization. His best season was in 2003, his sophomore campaign in NASCAR’s premier series, in which he captured eight victories, 17 top fives, 22 top 10s and 11 poles. Five accidents, however, relegated him to a sixth-place overall finish.
Like Stewart and Kasey Kahne, Newman traces his roots to open-wheel racing. The Purdue University engineering graduate was the United States Auto Club’s sprint car champion in 1999.
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 31 Caterpillar/Quicken Loans/WIX Filters Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Hometown: South Bend, Ind.
Team Owner: Richard Childress
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert