No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger
Notes & Quotes
For Immediate Release - October 28, 2008
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES ON:
RACING AT TEXAS: "I always look forward to racing at Texas. It's a track that I've always liked although it doesn't necessarily show in the finishes. It's a smooth, fast race track and there are multiple grooves, so it is fun to race. The track has matured and aged to the point it has gotten better and better each time that we come back. It's a place that we look forward to. We won there in 2003, but we hadn't been that good there since - until our last two times there. We had a good run last fall - obviously a different car -and we ended up with a good finish there this past spring. In the spring race, we started the race just "off," but we kept adjusting on it. We were able to make up a lap and then we were in the right place at the right time to come home with a top-five finish. Hopefully, we'll go back there even better than we were in the spring."
THREE RACES REMAINING: "We started off the year with a bang (at Daytona) and it would be nice to be able to finish it with a bang. We have three races to do it, and they are all tracks where we have had good runs in the No. 12 Alltel Dodge. Earlier this year, we were fourth at Texas. We won the pole at Phoenix, and I'm pretty confident we would have had a solid run there, but we had a motor issue that took us out of the race early. And at Homestead last year, we started second and finished 18th. I have had a good career at Penske Racing and I am grateful for everything the team has done for me. I would like to say thanks and be able to leave on a high note, and scoring a string of good finishes here at the end of the season would be the perfect way to do just that."
ROY MCCAULEY QUOTES ON:
THE KEY TO RUNNING WELL AT TEXAS: "You can't get tight coming off the corners of turn two and turn four. If you are tight coming off the corners, that means the car will lose all of its speed and be dead slow down the straightaways and that is not something you want on a track that is as fast at Texas. We really had to battle a tight-handling race car in the spring race, but we worked and adjusted on the car and were able to finish fourth in the end. We're going back with that information and hopefully that will help us to combat the problem from the get-go. Ryan really likes Texas, so we would like to have another strong run."
PRS-580: The No. 12 Alltel Dodge for the Dickies 500 is the same car Newman drove at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Newman started third and finished 13th in that race. Newman also piloted the car at Charlotte last month, where he started 16th and finished 21st.
PRS-558: The backup No. 12 Dodge is the same car that Newman drove to a fourth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. It has served as the backup at several tracks this year.
10/31: Ryan Newman will sign copies of his book- Pit Road Pets: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets - at his souvenir hauler following NASCAR Cup Series qualifying (at about 5:30 p.m. CT). Newman will sign up to two copies of Pit Road Pets in addition to one other item per person during the autograph session. Tickets for the book signing will be distributed to the first 100 fans with a book at the souvenir rig beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday.
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 fishermen for the charity event. Registration in the tournament for a team of two competitors is $150 on or before Nov. 13 or $200 after Nov. 13. Fishermen may also enter a Big Fish Contest for $40 per team. The maximum is 250 teams. For complete event details, tournament rules, or to register, visit www.ryannewmanfoundation.org.
TOP FIVES: 2
TOP 10s: 8
CURRENT POINTS: 16th