Ryan Newman - NASCAR Cup Preview - Pocono

June 3, 2008

Ryan Newman
No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger
Pocono 500 - Pocono Raceway
Notes & Quotes
For Immediate Release - June 3, 2008 

  • Ryan Newman, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger, has one win, two pole positions, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in 12 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono Raceway.
  • Newman is currently 14th in the 2008 NASCAR Cup Series driver point standings, only 29 points out 12th place.
  • Pocono is the first of six races in which Kodak is the primary sponsor of the No. 12 Dodge Charger. Kodak also will serve as the primary sponsor for Newman's car at Chicagoland Speedway, Watkins Glen International,   California Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Last June at Pocono, Newman scored the pole, led 20 laps and finished second in a rain-shortened event at the 2.5-mile track.
  • Newman is one of nine drivers to win a race at Pocono Raceway from the pole position. In July 2003, Newman started on the pole, led 88 of 200 laps and won the Pennsylvania 500.
  • In 2000, Newman won the ARCA race at Pocono in only the second stock car start of his career.
  • Penske Racing scored its 300th victory since Roger Penske became a car owner in 1966 last weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. Driver Ryan Briscoe won the IndyCar Series event in the No. 6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda. Newman has claimed 24 of Penske Racing's win total.

RACING AT POCONO: "I like Pocono a lot. It's a driver's race track. It has three independent corners. They are all different - they drive differently and you have to adapt. It's a place that I have always liked, and we have done well there for the most part. We had a couple of good runs there last season, and I would like to carry that over with the Kodak Dodge this weekend. Pocono is a fun track. It is one of the more difficult places to qualify, but we have done well in qualifying in the past. Turn one is pretty difficult. The Tunnel Turn is probably the hardest corner. It's a place that I look forward to, and I think that the team does, too."

ENJOYING POCONO FOR MORE THAN RACING: "I enjoy the race track and I enjoy the area. It has some great fishing spots. I actually went fishing in the morning last week when I was up there for the test. Krissie's family is up there, too, which is nice, so we look forward to getting to Pocono for a lot of reasons."

RACING AT POCONO: "Pocono is a different type of track. It's not like any other place that we go. Turn 1 at Pocono is unique. It's pretty bumpy and it's a banked corner. The other corners are relatively flat. That's what makes Pocono unique. It's a unique track, and we always have a lot of fun with it. It's been a good track for the Penske organization and for Ryan, so we hope to continue that success in the Kodak Dodge this weekend."

THE SEASON SO FAR: "We have a great group of guys on this team. This team has the attitude and passion that it takes to win, and I see that each and every week. My motto is ‘never give up' - no matter what the circumstances, and that's the motto that this team lives by. We learned a lot at the test at Pocono, and we are going back there with the same goal that we have every week. Ryan had a couple of good runs at Pocono last year and we are hoping to duplicate that and get back in the top 12 in points."

PRS-570: The No. 12 Kodak Dodge this weekend is the same car that Newman piloted to a sixth-place finish in the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte last month. That was the car's first race.

PRS-525: The No. 12 team tested the backup Kodak Dodge at Pocono Raceway last week. This car ran at California Speedway earlier this year (finished 10th) and at   Phoenix International Raceway last November (finished fifth).

6/4: Newman is one of several NASCAR Cup drivers along with drivers from other series participating in the fourth annual Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. He will be driving an Alltel-sponsored Late Model in the race. Newman, along with the other drivers, will participate in hot laps, qualifying, heat races and the 30-lap feature.

The charity race benefits the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The race will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View at 7 p.m. EDT. information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at www.hbo.com

6/5: Newman will visit and sign autographs for employees at Kodak headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., for an appreciation day.

2008 STATS:
STARTS:                        13
WINS:                           1
POLES:                          1
TOP FIVES:                    2
TOP 10s:                       5
CURRENT POINTS:          14th

STARTS:                       237
WINS:                          13
POLES:                        43
TOP FIVES:                  63
TOP 10s:                      103

Every two weeks, fans can tune into Alltel Racing podcasts on www.alltelracing.com. The podcasts give fans the opportunity to hear No. 12 Alltel Racing driver Ryan Newman's thoughts on a variety of subjects, from racing to fishing to Alltel's latest commercials. Fans can call 1-800-279-5612 to record a personalized question for Newman or can email questions to Newman at ryannewmanmailbag@gmail.com. By listening to the podcasts, fans also have the opportunity to win special Alltel Racing prizes.

The May 27th installment of the podcast features Penske Racing pit crew coach Trent Cherry. Cherry, who has worked with Newman since his first race at Penske, is also the rear tire carrier for No. 12 Alltel Dodge team. Cherry talks about the experience of being a pit crew member in NASCAR. To listen to the podcast, visit www.alltelracing.com.






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