Tag:Ryan Newman
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:49 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 8:05 pm

Video: Newman wrecks after contact with Edwards

By Pete Pistone

Ryan Newman rallied back from a pit road penalty to get back into contention Sunday at Phoenix only to have contact with Carl Edwards send him into the wall.

The wreck didn't knock Newman out of the race, but the damage was bad enough to cost him a couple of laps and he wound up 21st. Edwards ran out of fuel on the final lap and finished 17th.


"I’m 99 percent sure Carl Edwards didn’t do that on purpose, but I trusted him. Now he can’t trust me because there is a lot to be had and lost, we lost a lot today.  I don’t know how much he lost, but that’s not the point. I don’t consider that a deliberate move by any means.  We know plenty of times in this sport, what comes around goes around."

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:37 am

Ryan Newman adds more 2012 sponsorship

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

Aspen Dental has reached a multi-year agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing.

The Syracuse, N.Y.-based company, with more than 330 locations in 22 states, will be the primary sponsor of SHR's #39 team with driver Ryan Newman at the July Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway and the September event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

When not serving as primary sponsor, Aspen Dental will be an associate sponsor with placement on the lower-rear quarter panel of the #39 Chevy and on the upper chest of Newman's uniform. The company also secured rights to utilize Tony Stewart promotionally. 

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Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:55 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 12:10 pm

2011 Team Review/Preview: Stewart-Haas Racing

By Pete Pistone

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(Stewart joined a select group of NASCAR drivers with his third career Sprint Cup title in 2011)


When Tony Stewart was asked before the Chase even started whether or not he was a championship-caliber driver in 2011 he answered in no uncertain terms. 

"I will be perfectly honest," Stewart said after his August finish at Michigan. "At this point of the deal, if we're going to run this bad, it really doesn't matter whether we make the Chase or not because we're going to be occupying a spot in the Chase that somebody else who actually can run for a championship is trying to take -- because our stuff is so bad right now. We're wasting one of those top-12 spots right now."

But once the playoffs started Stewart was not just taking up space among the dozen Chase drivers. He put on an historic performance that saw the No. 14 Chevrolet roll into victory lane five times over the final ten races helping Stewart win the Sprint Cup championship in a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards

Stewart capped the run with a remarkable effort in the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale all but willing his car to victory and in the process wrapping up his third career Cup title.

“It truly was one of the best battles, I feel like, in the history of the sport because of that, not just because of the outcome of who won, but just the fact that you had the top two guys that literally fought it out,” Stewart said of the hard fought struggle with Edwards as the season wound down. “And other than Phoenix, we ran second and third there, but we virtually raced for the wins and to win a championship at the same time.

“It wasn't just a head-to-head battle and who got more points than the other by finishing ahead. We were winning races and finishing in the top three to do it. To me, that's the part of it that kind of brings out the race fan in me.”

Championship number three put Stewart in some elite company with the likes of Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Lee Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Stewart considers it an honor to be among the group who have won three or more titles at NASCAR’s top level.

“Every one of those drivers that have won three championships are icons in this sport,” Stewart said. “I somewhat honestly feel out of place being on that list. At the same time, I feel honored to be in it with them.”

The crown was the highlight of an overall great season for Stewart-Haas Racing that also saw teammate Ryan Newman win a race and make the Chase.

He hammered home 17 top ten finishes including a victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway but Newman wasn’t able to back it up with a better performance during the Chase.

The disappointing playoff run left Newman ultimately frustrated when the season came to a close although he was proud of the team’s overall accomplishment.

“We just had too many issues and a streak of bad luck during the Chase,” said Newman.  “The late charge began with a 10th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway and included a fifth-place run at Phoenix International Raceway.

“You always want to end the season feeling good. The spirit is high at our Stewart-Haas Racing shop and the No. 14 team did a remarkable job in the Chase.”


Despite winning the championship, SHR made some dramatic changes in the off season and will try to defend its title with a distinctive new look.

Stewart parted ways with crew chief Darian Grubb and brought in Steve Addington to take the role after the veteran’s departure from Penske Racing.

Addington believes he’ll be a good fit working with Stewart because of their similar backgrounds and styles.

“If I just go out and do my job, I’ve got confidence in myself and the organization to go out and win races and compete for a championship,” Addington said. “I’m not going to be the big difference. It's going to be the people in the organization. Tony Stewart is a hell of a race-car driver and he is going to go out and win races if we give him a car that is capable of being competitive.”

As for the decision to replace Grubb even after winning the crown, Stewart says it was nothing personal and strictly business.

“There were a group of us that sat down and had to make a decision and the decision was that we needed to go in a different direction,” Stewart said. “That decision was made before the Chase started. We said we wanted to finish this thing out strong together; we were going to do it to the end of the year.

“I’m very, very proud of the fact that through that, (Grubb) was able to do a great job and we were able to come out with a championship. It’s a pretty strong statement.”

Stewart made another strong statement regarding the future of his race team when he brought Greg Zipadelli, who served as his crew chief during their days together at Joe Gibbs Racing, in to serve as Director of Competition.

The formerly successful duo is looking forward to the chance to once again team up and make a run at a title.

“Joe Gibbs always says that you win with people, and Tony Stewart is a winner,” Zipadelli said. “We won a lot together at Joe Gibbs Racing, and it was a sad day when he left. But Tony had an unbelievable opportunity with Stewart-Haas Racing, and he’s obviously made the most of it.

"To become a part of what he’s already built, but to do it in a new role with a new set of responsibilities, was a challenge I wanted. I really appreciate Joe and J.D. Gibbs for all that that they’ve given me over the years and for allowing me to seize this opportunity.”

Zipadelli’s role at SHR will also include a little crew chiefing as well as he’ll call the shots for Danica Patrick as she makes her move into a full-time NASCAR career.

Patrick will run a ten race Sprint Cup Series program for Stewart’s team in addition to her full-time Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports and she’s looking forward to working with the man known as “Zippy.”

“I feel really comfortable with him so far,” Patrick said during last week’s Daytona Preseason Thunder test. “I feel respected, and I feel like he's been very patient.

“Even the little things, getting here this morning and just kind of adjusting a belt a little bit and adjusting a throttle a little bit, he doesn't look at me like I'm inexperienced and I should be comfortable right away or it should be right or the throttle doesn't feel right or I should get used to it and be used to it. He investigates and says, ‘no problem, let's get it right,’ and makes me comfortable with that kind of stuff.”


Expect Stewart to be back in the mix for a fourth championship and Newman to again challenge for a Chase spot. The chemistry between Stewart and Addington should gel quickly while Newman and his veteran crew chief Tony Gibson are also a solid pair. Patrick’s Cup effort will be nothing more than an extended period of her getting seat time and a finish anywhere inside the first twenty would be considered a success.


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Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:46 pm

Outback to sponsor Newman twice in 2012

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 11, 2011) – Award-winning Outback Steakhouse, with more than 750 locations nationwide, has formed a partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by two-time series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. 

Outback Steakhouse will be the primary sponsor of SHR’s No. 39 team and driver Ryan Newman for two races in 2012, and when not serving as a primary sponsor, will be an associate sponsor with placement on the B-post of the No. 39 Chevrolet Impala. Outback Steakhouse joins the U.S. Army, Quicken Loans and Tornados as primary sponsors of the No. 39 team.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Stewart-Haas Racing and Ryan Newman who are recognized for their leadership and performance on and off the track,” said Mike Kappitt, chief marketing officer, Outback Steakhouse. “It’s especially meaningful to us to continue Outback’s longstanding commitment to supporting troops and their families by being a sponsor on the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet.” 

Since first opening in 1988, Tampa, Fla.-based Outback Steakhouse has hosted military events and initiatives all over the country and abroad including its Thanks for Giving program, which over the last two years has donated $2 million to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that supports military troops and their families, and its Operation Feeding Freedom initiative that sends teams of Outbackers overseas to feed American troops stationed abroad.   

“I’ve always been a huge fan of Outback Steakhouse, and I know why it’s been voted the best steak year in and year out,” said Newman, winner of 15 Sprint Cup races, including the 50<sup>th</sup> running of the Daytona 500 in 2008. “They have a quality product that I’m very familiar with and we’re certainly proud to be representing Outback Steakhouse on the racetrack.” 

In officially launching the partnership, Outback Steakhouse’s logo, along with a special message to United States Veterans, will be featured on the decklid of Newman’s No. 39 U.S. Army Chevy during this weekend’s Sprint Cup event at Phoenix International Raceway. Fittingly, the U.S. Army Chevy carries a special paint scheme during this Veterans Day weekend at Phoenix honoring Army Vietnam Veterans. A collage made up of hundreds of photos of those who served is incorporated into the car’s design.

“We’re honored to have Outback Steakhouse join Stewart-Haas Racing,” added Stewart, who in his three years as a Sprint Cup team owner has qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup each season while scoring 10 of his 43 career Sprint Cup victories, the most recent of which came last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. “The company’s reputation for quality and great service is second to none in the restaurant industry, and it’s a true pleasure to be associated with a company and a product that is admired by so many, including myself. We’re looking forward to doing some great things together on and off the racetrack.”

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Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:32 pm

Quicken Loans Ryan Newman's new sponsor

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender, has formed a partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by two-time series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas

Quicken Loans will be the primary sponsor of SHR’s No. 39 team and driver Ryan Newman for nine races in 2012, and when not serving as a primary sponsor, will be an associate sponsor. Additionally, Quicken Loans will be an associate sponsor on the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala of Stewart throughout the 2012 Sprint Cup season. 

To kick off this partnership, Newman and the No. 39 team will carry a special paint scheme to highlight the upcoming Quicken Loans Carrier Classic during this weekend’s Sprint Cup event at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. 

The Quicken Loans Carrier Classic pits the No. 1 North Carolina Tarheels against the Michigan State Spartans in an unprecedented season-opener to the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball schedule, as the game will be played on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson on Nov. 11, 2011 – Veterans Day. The game will be held at Naval Base Coronado in the San Diego Harbor in front of 7,000 military personnel and spectators while being televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. 

“As a company that prides itself on the speed and ease of its loan process, it only made sense for Quicken Loans to partner with NASCAR – a sport built around amazingly fast cars and extremely talented drivers,” said Jay Farner, president and chief marketing officer of Quicken Loans. “More than just sponsoring Ryan Newman, we’ve found a perfect partner in Stewart-Haas Racing. Right from the first conversation with them, we knew we had found a team as driven to amaze as we are.” 

Quicken Loans will share space on the No. 39 Chevrolet Impala with the U.S. Army, which has sponsored Newman since the inception of SHR in 2009. 

“It’s an absolute pleasure to share the No. 39 car with the U.S. Army,” Farner added. “We’re one of the nation’s largest VA mortgage providers and a company that appreciates the selfless sacrifices our military make for us every day. It is why we are the title sponsor of the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic and why we’re leveraging the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to promote this one-of-a-kind experience on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson.” 

Newman, winner of 15 Sprint Cup races, including the 2008 Daytona 500, will carry Quicken Loans branding this weekend at Texas and during the 2012 Sprint Cup season.

“It’s an honor to represent the U.S. Army and it’s great to have Quicken Loans join our team, because now we can do even more to help active Soldiers and veterans alike,” said Newman, winner of the 2003 Sprint Cup race at Texas. “There’s such a parallel between what we do in NASCAR and what our Soldiers do. They go to battle, and their only goal is to win. To partner with a company as engaged with the military as SHR is something that makes us all very proud.” 

This year, Quicken Loans will improve the financial situation of nearly 150,000 American families and more than 11,000 active and retired military clients by providing assistance in purchasing or refinancing their homes.

“We’re very proud to partner with Quicken Loans,” said Stewart, who in his three years as a Sprint Cup team owner has qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup each time while scoring nine of his 42 career Sprint Cup victories. “They’re new to the sport and we aim to make their entry into NASCAR a positive one that will grow their business, and ultimately, grow their involvement within the sport and Stewart-Haas Racing.”

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 3:35 pm

No comparison between NASCAR/Indy Car packs

By Pete Pistone

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(Will the return of pack racing at Talladega increase the danger level this weekend?)

One of the first things IZOD Indy Car Series officials will look at in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy Sunday is to try and find a way to break up pack racing.

The 15-car accident that took the life of Dan Wheldon in Sunday’s series season finale broke out when one car wiggled and the oncoming group of tightly packed cars could do nothing but run into one another. 

However this week in Talladega, new NASCAR rules will be in place to hopefully encourage drivers to race more in packs.

There is a bit of irony in the two directions to say the least. 

The two car tandem racing that has exploded at Daytona and Talladega has not exactly caught the fancy of either fans or many drivers for that matter. 

“I don’t like this type of racing, and you know it,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said after last April’s Talladega race. “It was just a foolish race.” 

Saturday night’s Charlotte winner Matt Kenseth also takes a dim view of the new restrictor plate racing phenomenon.

"From the driver's seat, I'm not a big fan of it," Kenseth said. "There's just not a lot we can do about it, unless the cars or the rules or something changes. There's not really anything you're going to do about it because it's so much faster." 

An even louder voice on the subject has come from the fans that have weighed in loud and clear that the “love bug” racing is not what they want to watch either in person or on television. 

Daytona International Speedway distributed a survey following last July’s Coke Zero 400 asking fans to comment on a variety of subjects. The survey showed the number of fans who were dissatisfied with the race itself grew from 3 percent last year to 10 percent this year. 

Daytona president Joie Chitwood believes the new style of racing is the culprit. 

"The two-by-two racing was a novelty that has worn off," Chitwood told The Daytona Beach News-Journal. 

So in an effort to return plate racing back to the “norm” of bigger groups of cars running side-by-side rather than the bumper-to-bumper tandem competition, NASCAR has mandated two rule changes for the season’s last plate race Sunday at Talladega. 

A larger restrictor plate will give drivers an opportunity for more throttle response as well as a chance to pull away from one another. And a recalibrated pressure relief valve on the engine’s cooling system will force drivers to run more in clean air rather than tucked directly behind the rear bumper of another car or risk overheating their power plants. 

While the impact won’t be completely known until Friday’s first practice session, the expectation is less nose to tail racing with drivers needing to swap positions more often or perhaps return to the bigger and more spaced out packs. 

But what will that do to the safety aspect of the racing and the possibility of ramping up the potential of the infamous Talladega “Big One,” the multi-car wreck that has marred plate racing since its inception in the late 1980s? 

At least at this point drivers don’t see it that way. 

While all understand the risky nature of their business and the prospects of a big wreck happening at Talladega under any conditions, few correlate what happened in the Indy Car race at Vegas to what they’ll deal with this weekend. 

“I wouldn't compare an IndyCar at Las Vegas to Talladega with a stock car, they're completely different, polar opposites,” Jeff Gordon said. “Looking at the aerodynamics, the weight of our cars, the fact that there are full fenders, NASCAR has implemented some incredible safety features for our cars over the years to allow us to go to Talladega.” 

Gordon believes no matter what kind of racing develops this weekend, he’s comfortable being strapped in behind the wheel. 

“While the drivers might not always be thrilled and sometimes the fans aren't always thrilled about the type of racing going on out there, I do feel very safe inside the cars,” Gordon said.

Kurt Busch’s team owner Roger Penske fields cars in both NASCAR as well as the Indy Car Series. He feels the comparisons between what happened in Las Vegas and racing at Talladega aren’t fair and has complete confidence in stock car racing’s safety initiatives. 

“Well, I feel very safe, especially in a stockcar with the roll cage,” Busch said. “The speeds we run aren't as great as the IndyCars. Talladega is Talladega. Everybody knows it going in. There's much more comfort when you've done it year after year after year and you trust the 43 guys that are out there. 

“It was tough what happened out in Las Vegas. A lot of new guys were racing in a pack that they weren't necessarily familiar with. So when you throw so many new variables in, that's the risk that happens.”

But while most see the difference in racing a 3,400 pound, full-fendered NASCAR stock car versus the much lighter and ultra fast Indy Car on high speed ovals, drivers do still consider the risk involved should pack racing return to Talladega this weekend.

However whether or not NASCAR’s rule changes actually will bring that back this weekend is still unclear.

"We'll have to wait and see what effect the new rule changes will have on restrictor-plate racing," said Ryan Newman. "We all have our theories but won't know for sure until we actually get on the track this weekend. Personally, I think there will be less tandem drafting than in the past because of the rule changes.”

Even if tandem racing remains in place, all bets will be off once the checkered flag is in sight.

"We all know what usually happens in the closing laps of a restrictor-plate race," Newman said. 

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Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:54 pm

Newman takes New Hampshire pole

By Pete Pistone


Ryan Newman was the last car to take time and will be the first car to lead the field to green in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Newman backed up his practice time with the fastest lap of Friday's qualifying session to win the pole for Sunday's second race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will attempt to sweep the season's two Cup races at the Loudon track and give his team back-to-back wins to open the Chase after teammate Tony Stewart's victory Monday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kasey Kahne will start outside the front row with Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch the first five in qualifying.

Chase drivers in the balance of the field include Kevin Harvick (6th), Jeff Gordon (7th), Kyle Busch (8th), Jimmie Johnson (10th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (12th), Brad Keselowski (16th), Tony Stewart (20th), Carl Edwards (23rd), Matt Kenseth (27th) and Denny Hamlin (28th).

The session included some controversy when rain showers interrupted qualifying with five cars left to complete time trials. Juan Pablo Montoya was ordered to take his lap after initially waving it off, citing slick conditions from the moisture. He turned the 31st fastest lap and will start in row 16 Sunday.

"I tried to go. It's a friggin joke," said a frustrated Montoya.

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Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:52 pm

Newman leads first Loudon practice

By Pete Pistone

Ryan Newman was on top the leader board in Friday's opening practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver, who won last July's Sprint Cup Series race at the track, was the fastest of the 45 drivers who practiced.

Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the first five.

Rain is in the area and if Friday's qualifying session does get washed out, Newman would lead the field to green in Sunday's Sylvania 300 by virtue of his practice speed.


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