Ryan Newman - Cup Series - Indianapolis Preview

July 22, 2008

Ryan Newman
No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Notes & Quotes
For Immediate Release - July 22, 2008 

  • Ryan Newman, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, has one top-five and one top-10 finish in seven NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). 
  • Newman's best finish at the 2.5-mile historic oval came in his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Newman started fifth and finished fourth in the Brickyard 400 that year.
  • Newman has an average starting position of 5.1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although Newman has yet to win a pole position at the famed race track, he has never qualified lower than eighth position in seven starts. His best qualifying effort came in 2003 when Newman scored the outside pole position and started second for the race.
  • During the off-week, Newman traveled to his hometown of South Bend, Ind., where a road was named in his honor. The half-mile stretch of highway near the South Bend Regional Airport was renamed Newman Way.
  • Newman will return to his racing roots this week at Indianapolis when he competes in the USAC Silver Crown race on Thursday night at O'Reilly  Raceway Park. Newman, who won the USAC Silver Crown championship in 1999, will pilot car No. 192 owned by Terry Jacobs.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS: "Indianapolis is the ‘race track' as far as history goes. It is truly an honor to get to race where so many incredible drivers have raced and won. The track is especially special to me because it is in my home state. I remember going there and watching races as a kid with my family and even watching the first open NASCAR test session there as a spectator."

RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS: "I've been close to winning a pole there, and I have had some good runs there. But Indianapolis is a track that has bit us in the past. Despite that, I look forward to going back there. To me, this is the second biggest race of the season. We won the Daytona 500, which I think is the biggest race of the year, and we would love to get another big win at Indianapolis."

LAST WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT NEWMAN WILL LEAVE PENSKE RACING AT THE END OF 2008: "It was an extremely tough decision. I have had a great history with Roger and Penske Racing, and I am grateful for     everything that they have done for me. I am completely dedicated to the No. 12 Alltel Dodge, the team, winning races and getting into the Chase."

HISTORY OF PENSKE AND INDIANAPOLIS: "Indianapolis is the one that we all want to win. Roger (Penske) and this organization have such an incredible history at the track with Indy cars. We all want to give him a win there in NASCAR side. The Alltel team was able to give Roger his first Daytona 500 win earlier this year, and we would love to complete that picture with a win at the Brickyard."

KEYS AT INDIANAPOLIS: "There are two keys to Indy-qualifying and not being too tight off the corners so that you can complete the pass. Ryan has always done well qualifying at Indianapolis, and we want to continue that. Our job will be to keep the Alltel Dodge handling well throughout the race. I think that one of our biggest concerns for the first couple of practices will be tire wear because the diamond cut surface is always an issue at Indy. We're taking a new car this weekend. We took a new car to Chicago and got a top 10, so we are looking forward to this weekend's race."

PRS-580: This weekend's No. 12 Alltel Dodge is a brand new car for the  Penske Racing team and Newman. Its first laps will be in Friday's practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

PRS-552: The backup No. 12 Alltel Dodge served as the team's primary car at Las Vegas (finished 15th) and at Darlington (finished 37th) earlier this year. It was also the backup car at Texas and Chicago.

GOING ON NOW: Ryan Newman fans can place bids in the Alltel Racing online charity auction at www.alltelracing.com. Various autographed items are up for bid. Net proceeds will benefit the Ryan Newman Foundation.

7/24: Newman will race in the USAC Silver Crown race at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.The race begins at 9 p.m. EDT.

7/25: Newman will be available as part of the NASCAR Cup Series driver press conferences at Indianapolis at 1:15 p.m. EDT in the Plaza Pavilion, Chalet D.

2008 STATS:
STARTS:                       19
WINS:                           1
POLES:                          1
TOP FIVES:                    2
TOP 10s:                       7
CURRENT POINTS:       16th

STARTS:                       243
WINS:                           13
POLES:                          43
TOP FIVES:                    63
TOP 10s:                      105

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 you 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.

This week's installment of the podcast features Alltel Dodge driver Ryan Newman. On the podcast, Newman will discuss the recent announcement to leave Penske Racing at the end of the 2008 season as well as his thoughts on the upcoming race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To listen to this podcast and past podcasts, visit www.alltelracing.com.






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