NASCAR Cup: Ryan Newman sticks with Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman (left) with crew chief Luke Lambert (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Ryan Newman has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to remain as driver of the No. 31 RCR Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“Ryan’s consistency on the track has been a benefit to our organization, and this extension solidifies the future of our racing program,” RCR Chairman and CEO Richard Childress said. “Ryan proved the first year he was here that we could contend for championships, and with this continuation, I believe we can fulfill our commitment to winning races and a championship. Ryan has worked hard to represent many of our partners, especially the primary sponsors — Caterpillar, Grainger and WIX Filters — helping them to get the most out of their respective racing programs.”
Newman arrived at Richard Childress Racing to start the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season after losing his ride at Stewart-Haas Racing. He and Kevin Harvick essentially traded places, as Harvick departed RCR for SHR during the 2013-14 off-season, and Newman went from SHR to RCR. With their new rides, both drivers made the Championship Four of the 2014 Chase, with Harvick winding up as that year’s Sprint Cup champion, beating Newman by a single point.
Newman made the Chase in the first two of his three seasons, to-date, with Richard Childress Racing.
“I am pleased to continue driving for Richard Childress Racing,” Newman said. “Our goal to win a championship all but turned into a reality during our first year together. I feel like, since then, we have some unfinished business to complete. I’m fortunate to have forged a great relationship with my crew chief Luke Lambert, and I very much want to not only help him reach our goal of winning a Cup championship, but also getting him his first Cup victory.”
After making eight Sprint Cup Series starts between the 2000 and 2001 seasons, Newman went full-time in the series in 2002. In 2002, he beat out eventual six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson for Rookie of the Year Honors. In 542-career starts, he has 17-career wins, the last coming in the 2013 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.