No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger
Notes & Quotes
For Immediate Release - November 11, 2008
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES ON:
RACING AT HOMESTEAD: "Homestead is a good race track. I like it a lot better since they have added the progressive banking because that has really made it a multi-groove race track. You can pass anywhere on the track, but typically the high side is the place to be. You have to go where the guy in front of you is not. I've had a lot of fun racing at the track before. I have a win in the Nationwide Series, but I haven't had that good of a record there in the Cup Series. We started the year with a bang in Daytona. It would be nice to finish out the season the same way at another Florida race track."
THE END OF AN ERA: "This weekend isn't going to be easy for me. It was a tough decision to leave Penske Racing. This has been my only home since I came to NASCAR eight years ago. It was difficult telling the guys that I had made the decision to leave back in July, and I know it is going to be tough this weekend since it is my last race with the 12 team and I am saying goodbye. I have to be thankful for all the things that I have - beyond the trophies and awards, beyond the pay checks, I have gotten friends and relationships and that's something I will always be grateful for. I have had a good run with Penske, and I am leaving with some very fond memories - especially of this year's Daytona 500 win with my teammate pushing me across the finish line, my dad spotting for me, and being able to give something to Roger Penske that he had tried so hard for over the years. That is by far my fondest racing memory and I will always be grateful for that . But the show most go on, I will do my thing and I plan on being friends with everybody and I wish them the best of luck - and I am sure they feel the same."
ROY MCCAULEY QUOTES ON:
THE FINAL RACE: "It's important for the Alltel team to try and finish the year with a win this weekend at Homestead. This is the final race for Ryan with the 12 team, and the best way to say goodbye to our friend is with a victory. We started the year off with a big win at Daytona, and we would love to finish the same way. Ryan and I have had success at Homestead in the Nationwide Series, and it would be nice to transfer that to our Cup team this weekend."
PRS-577: The No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger that will be the primary for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is the same car that served as Newman's primary car at Chicagoland in July (started 17th, finished 10th) and at Kansas in September (started 15th, finished 16th).
PRS-558: Newman drove the backup No. 12 Alltel Dodge Newman for this weekend to a fourth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April. It has also served as the backup at several tracks this year.
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: 17th
TOP FIVES: 63
TOP 10s: 106
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
As the 2008 NASCAR Cup season comes to an end, Alltel Wireless is featuring a new television spot on SPEED and ABC to thank 2008 Daytona 500 Champion and No. 12 Alltel Dodge driver Ryan Newman for his past eight years with the sponsor.
"Alltel Racing Moments" showcases some of