Six reasons it’s great to be a Ryan Newman fan
By Steve Luvender | Saturday, December 8, 2018
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Happy birthday to Ryan Newman.
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Saturday, December 8, marks Ryan Newman's 41st birthday. In celebration of his big day -- and his new ride with Roush Fenway Racing -- here are six reasons to pull for the No. 6 in 2019.
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Ryan Newman won Rookie of the Year in 2002, beating Jimmie Johnson. That year, Newman scored a victory and an impressive 14 top-five finishes driving for Roger Penske. While future seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson outscored Newman in victories that year, Newman's consistency narrowly earned him the title of season's best rookie.
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Ryan Newman is a smart guy. So smart, in fact, that he holds a bachelor's degree in vehicle structural engineering from Purdue University. Impressive: An engineering degree from Purdue, just like Neil Armstrong!
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Speaking of space, Ryan Newman earned the nickname of the "Rocket Man" due to his ludicrous speed, earning 11 poles in 2003 -- and 51 total heading into the 2019 season, ninth-best all-time.
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Krissie and Ryan Newman give animals a home at the Rescue Ranch, their non-profit animal welfare facility in North Carolina.
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Despite going winless in 2014, Ryan Newman nearly won the championship. His consistency throughout the regular season and the playoffs put him in contention, but Newman ended up finishing second to fellow Dec. 8 birthday boy Kevin Harvick in the championship race in Miami.
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Ask any driver about Ryan Newman and they'll say he's tough to pass. Think about it, though. If your job as a race car driver is to finish in the best position possible, wouldn't you do all you could to defend your position?
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Ryan Newman moves to the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing next season, where he looks to earn win No. 19 in '19.