No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger
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Notes & Quotes
For Immediate Release - November 4, 2008
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES ON:
THE SPRING RACE AT PIR: "The spring race at Phoenix was really a bummer for the No. 12 team. We had a car that I believe was a top-10 car at worst. If we wouldn't have had the engine issues, I honestly believe that we would have had a car that could have contended for a top-five or even the win. We were that good there. I hope that we can go back this weekend, win another pole for the Alltel Dodge and hopefully have just a strong of car as we did in the spring."
RACING AT PIR: "I like Phoenix, and I've come close to winning there a couple of times, but I haven't been able to get that first victory at the track. We had a really good run at Phoenix last fall when we finished fifth, and we were able to lead some 37 laps there in the spring before we had our issues. We have some really good notes from last year's race and the spring race, so hopefully we can go back there this weekend and do what we need to do to get the pole and the win."
COMING TO THE END OF AN ERA: "It's hard to believe that I have only two races remaining with Penske Racing. This weekend brings back a lot of memories for me because we are at Phoenix, which is where I started my first Cup race for Penske. It's not easy leaving a team that I have been with for so long. I am looking forward to what lies ahead for me, but I have unfinished business with the 12 team, with Alltel and with Penske Racing. Putting together a good run at Phoenix this weekend would be like coming full circle since this is where I got my fist Cup start. I would just like to finish my career at Penske Racing on a high note."
ROY MCCAULEY QUOTES ON:
RACING AT PIR: "We want to pick up where we left off at Phoenix in the spring this weekend. Ryan has a solid record of qualifying well at Phoenix, and we were able to win the pole there in the spring. We would like to duplicate that effort this weekend and pick up where we left off in the race. We led laps and were in the top 10 before we had our problems. Ryan has a long history at Phoenix - he's raced there in Silver Crown cars, midgets, and he made his first NASCAR Cup start at the track, too. I know that he would like to include a Cup win in that history, and I think that is something we can accomplish this weekend."
PRS-525: The No. 12 Alltel Dodge that Newman will pilot at Phoenix was the primary at California Speedway in February (finished 10th) and at New Hampshire in September (finished 36th). Newman was also behind the wheel of the car at Phoenix International Raceway last November (finished fifth).
PRS-555: The backup No. 12 Alltel Dodge has served as the primary car at Charlotte in May (finished 21st), the August Pocono race (finished 14th) and last month's Richmond race (finished 33rd).
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
TOP FIVES: 63