Ryan Newman - NASCAR Cup Series - Talladega Preview
September 30, 2008
Ryan Newman RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES ON:
No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger
AMP Energy 500
Notes & Quotes
For Immediate Release - September 30, 2008
RACING AT TALLADEGA: "If you can walk out of a track like Talladega with the fenders on the race car, then you've had a good day. You have to have a fast race car at Talladega. But one of the biggest keys to doing well there is patience. You have to understand and learn to wait your turn if you are not in the main group, like the group that is not in the top five. You have to stay calm in the driver's seat and don't overreact. And you have to be able to predict the unpredictable. It's extremely difficult to predict that there might be a three-car wreck in front of you, but it can be done."
THE TEAMWORK FACTOR: "At Talladega, your teammates are your best friends. Kurt (Busch) and I have worked really well together on multiple occasions at Talladega and of course at the Daytona 500 this year. He was my best friend there. You never know what is going to happen - pit strategy, who may have damage, where they are on the track-or who is still in the race. But my intention is to have Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. behind me, around me, close to me so that we can help each other in the final three laps of the race."
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THE 12 TEAM ENJOYING SUCCESS AT RESTRICTOR PLATE TRACKS: "The 12 team has performed very well this year on restrictor plate tracks, but for different reasons. Daytona is more of a handling track and we worked really hard on ‘staying in the gas' in race trim when we were testing. Talladega is more about the driver and track position. Ryan has become one of the premier plate drivers in the series, and because of his talent, other drivers want to work with him. Penske Racing has also put a lot of time into the restrictor plate program with dedicated fabricators and use of the test team for large oval testing and it shows."
TEAMWORK KEY AT TALLADEGA: "Ryan and Kurt (Busch) work extremely well together at restrictor plate tracks, and we have seen that several times-in particular at Daytona. The key is they trust one another to race calmly and smartly. Being able to have that relationship and work well with your teammates is crucial at Talladega - your teammate is your wingman."
PRS-573: The Talladega primary car is a brand new No. 12 Alltel Dodge. It will turn its first laps on a race track on Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Newman also ran a new car at Talladega in the spring race.
PRS-515: Newman ran the backup No. 12 Alltel Dodge in the Budweiser Shootout in February at Daytona. Newman finished 17th in the Shootout. This car was also the backup for this year's Daytona 500 and the April race at Talladega.
GOING ON NOW: Ryan Newman fans can place bids for unique autographed items in the Alltel Racing online charity auction at www.alltelracing.com. Net proceeds will benefit the Ryan Newman Foundation.
12/13: The Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Fishing Tournament will be held at Queen's Landing in Mooresville, N.C. Fans are invited to join NASCAR stars, musical artists and professional fisherman for the charity event. Registration in the tournament for a team of two competitors is $150 on or before November 13 or $200 after November 13. Fishermen may also enter a Big Fish Contest for $40 per team. The maximum is 250 teams. For complete event details, tournament rules, to download a flier and registration form, or to register online, visit www.ryannewmanfoundation.org.
TOP FIVES: 2
TOP 10s: 8
CURRENT POINTS: 15th
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