Ryan Newman is a professional American stock car racing driver. He competes in the NASCAR Cup Series full time, driving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Ford Mustang. He is currently tied with Kurt Busch for the longest-tenured active Cup Series driver – having made their first start in 2000.
Ryan Newman’s Bio, Wiki, Age, Parents
Ryan Newman was born in South Bend, Indiana, on December 8, 1977. He graduated with a B.S. from Purdue University in 2001. In mechanical engineering. He has a beautiful sister Jamie.
Ryan Newman’s dad was an automobile driver. He used to repair the cars but still dreamed of driving automobiles. Gerg did not get a chance to drive any car during his lifetime, however. But, in the future, he nursed his son Ryan to be a professional car driver. Perhaps, at least he wanted his son to see his dream come true.
Also, Ryan’s mother, Diane Newman, loved the career of racing too. Newman rode first when he was four. At that point, though, he was thrilled. Ryan’s parents knew by the age of seven that he could possess strong driving abilities. Through his family’s encouragement, Ryan became a midget career champion when he was 17.
He is now 43 years old. He made his race debut in the United Midget Auto Racing Association and the All-American Midget Series in 1993, winning both the Year’s Rookie and the Championship.
His 100 feature wins and two championships are in the Midget Hall of Fame section. In 1995 switching to USAC running the C.E. Lewis No. 39 Drinan Chassis powered Brayton Motor and in 1996 he was again ROTY in both the Midget Series and the Silver Crown. He became the first driver to compete in all three divisions in 1999, while becoming champion of the Silver Bullet Series in Chevy’s No. 14 electric Beast Chassis.
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Ryan Newman’s Career
Newman started driving for the Roger Penske racing icon in 2000, to make the transition to stock car racing. Newman ran Ford No. 27 for Penske Racing in the ARCA RE / MAX Series, sponsored by Alltel. In No. 02 Alltel-sponsored Ford for Penske, Newman won three of the five ARCA races he entered and made his Winston Cup debut at the Phoenix International Raceway. In 2001, Penske expected to run at least 23 combined events in both ARCA and NASCAR for Newman, while Newman was attending Purdue University.
Newman ran 15 Busch Series races that season in addition to five ARCA events, winning poles in his second and third career starts and scoring his first career victory at Michigan International Speedway in just his 9th career start. He also had six poles, a series-high. He would meet the racing legend Buddy Baker during this time, who would eventually become his super-speedway mentor.
Newman won a season-high six poles in 2002 shattering Davey Allison’s rookie record. Newman joined Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the second rookie to win the all-star race in The Winston. Newman led 11 laps at Watkins Glen later that summer and came second behind Tony Stewart. However the race ended in controversy as Stewart was found to have begun the race too early and skipped the restart.
NASCAR maintained Stewart’s win following a appeal from Penske. After starting from the pole he scored his first career Winston Cup win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. Newman beat Jimmie Johnson for the Rookie of the Year award on the basis of the top-five (14) and top-ten (22) rookie finishes, even though Johnson had more wins, finished higher in the points and led the standings at one point.
Ryan Newman’s sophomore season ended after contact with Ken Schrader and Bobby Labonte, with a flip at the 2003 Daytona 500. He spun and hit the foam blocks at Watkins Glen, sending him alongside him. The near-flip was at Aaron’s 499 in 2003, when he blew a mid-pack of tires and twisted almost to his side in turn 1, causing a 27-car accident.
While Newman finished the season with a series-high eight wins and 11 poles, he also suffered seven DNF’s, leaving him sixth in points. His number of poles during the season led to him being nicknamed ‘Rocket Man”.
In 2004, Newman qualified for the inaugural Chase for the Cup by finishing seventh in points with two wins and nine poles. He made the 2005 Chase as well, while returning to the Busch Series after a four-year absence, winning six out of the nine races he entered, including a series-record five straight.
Newman’s 2008 Daytona 500:
Newman endured his first winless season in 2006, finishing a career-worst 18th in points, while his longtime crew chief, Matt Borland, left for Michael Waltrip Racing. His pole ratio between his rookie year and 2006 was one in every three races, tying him for fifteenth on the all-time poles list. As of July, 2017 Ryan has 50 poles, placing him 9th all-time. In 2007, despite a streak of three consecutive poles, Newman again failed to win a race, including a near win at Lowe’s Motor Speedway that was spoiled by a blown tire. His winless drought ended after he won the 2008 Daytona 500 on February 17, 2008. It was also the first Daytona 500 win for Penske.
Newman pits his No. 39 :
On July 15, 2008, Ryan Newman announced that he was leaving Penske at the end of the season, and a month later, it was confirmed he was joining Haas CNC Racing for 2009, in the No. 39 Chevy Impala. The team was renamed Stewart-Haas Racing before the season. Despite a slow start, Newman earned a pole, five top 5s, and 15 top 10s, and an average finish of 14.0, his best since his 8-win season in 2003.
On September 12 at Richmond, Newman finished 10th and clinched a spot in the Chase for the first time since 2005. On November 1, 2009, at the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Newman was involved in a heavy crash on the back stretch in which he flipped over on top of Kevin Harvick entering Turn 3. He ended up on his roof and because the roof was crushed, crews had to use the Jaws of Life to pry the roof off the car after NASCAR officials flipped it back over. Newman was unharmed.
On April 10, 2010, Newman broke a 78-race winless streak with a win in the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway. He only led 4 laps during the race. The win was the first in NASCAR history for a car numbered 39. In September 2010, he was chosen as “honorable mention” in a list of the smartest athletes in sports by Sporting News.
2011 Gatorade Duels at Daytona:
Newman began his 2011 season by leading the most laps in the Daytona 500, but crashed twice late and finished 22nd. He got his first win of the season winning on a fuel mileage having enough to get the checkered flag at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire, giving him his 3rd career win at the track. Tony Stewart finished 2nd, giving Stewart/Haas Racings their first ever 1–2 finish. At the same track in September, Newman grabbed his 3rd pole of the season at the Sylvania 300. The 49th pole of his career put him in a tie for 10th all time on career poles with Bobby Isaac.
On April 1, 2012, at Martinsville Speedway, Newman survived a wild finish to get the 16th win of his career. The finish involved a controversial caution with 3 laps to go involving the No. 10 of David Reutimann which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson dominated but on the restart, they crashed with Clint Bowyer and Newman came through unscathed en route to the win.
2013 STP Gas Booster 500 :
Newman’s 2013 campaign started with a 5th-place finish in the Daytona 500, but his momentum changed with two crashes at Phoenix the following week. He finished 38th at Las Vegas, but recovered with a 7th-place finish at Bristol. Newman collected two more Top 10 finishes in the next three races, but during that span he also had a controversial 31st-place finish in Martinsville. After a puncture, Newman appeared to stop deliberately and was penalized three laps.
Two mediocre races at Kansas and Richmond followed, before the series went to Talladega. There, Newman was initially running well but finished 32nd when he and his teammate Danica Patrick were caught up in a spectacular late crash that saw Kurt Busch flip over and land on top of Newman. Newman, however, recovered well to collect two consecutive Top 10 finishes at both Darlington and Charlotte, displaying a large performance difference between the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. At Dover, Newman was running well until a pit road accident. There, he nearly tapped Jimmie Johnson after locking up his wheels when coming into pit road. He was penalized for a speeding violation resulting from the locked wheels and was one lap down after the penalty.
Not long after the penalty, Newman was involved in an accident with David Gilliland, ending his race. The following week at Pocono Raceway, Newman led 19 laps and finished 5th, after running most of the race on an off-sequence pit stop strategy. Newman strung together three unimpressive races at Michigan, Kentucky, and Sonoma, before finishing 10th at Daytona after a crash at the finish line. This made him, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. the only three drivers to sweep the Top 10 at Daytona in 2013 (with only Johnson sweeping the Top 5 by winning both).
At New Hampshire, Newman finished 39th in the Camping World RV Sales 301 after a crash with Kurt Busch, giving Newman his 5th DNF of 2013. On July 27, Newman won the pole for the Brickyard 400. The race was mainly a duel between Newman and Jimmie Johnson.
On the final set of pit stops, Newman capitalized on a mistake by Johnson’s pit crew and held on to the lead to win the race. It was Newman’s first victory since the 2012 Goody’s Fast Relief 500. Newman was leading near the finish of the Richmond race when Clint Bowyer spun with seven laps to go.
Ryan Newman pitted, and ended up falling behind Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Paul Menard on the restart. He got past Menard, but could not catch Busch or Edwards on the last three laps, and lost the tiebreaker for the runner-up Wildcard spot with Martin Truex, Jr. On September 9, 2013, it was announced that Newman would replace Truex in the Chase after an investigation into Bowyer’s spin proved that Bowyer had spun himself out intentionally to give Truex an opportunity to hold off Newman for the spot, under which Truex would have clinched a tiebreaker over Newman.
On July 12, 2013, it was announced that Kevin Harvick would be joining Stewart-Haas Racing, driving the No. 4 Chevrolet SS, and that Newman would depart from the team at season’s end, due to the team having no funding to run a four-car team. On September 9, 2013, it was announced that Newman would be moving to Richard Childress Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, replacing Jeff Burton in the No. 31 Chevrolet. Newman’s first highlight of the year was at The Profit on CNBC 500 Phoenix Spring race. During the Cup series event, Newman controlled the race with less than 50 laps to go battling Kyle Busch for the lead for several laps. An untimely caution came out with less than 40 to go. Having not pitted in over 60 laps, Newman and Busch were forced to pit during the caution. As a result, Newman and Busch lost their shot at the win.
Newman’s initial highlight of the year was on the CNBC 500 Phoenix Spring race at The Advantage. Newman dominated the race during the Cup series event with less than 50 laps to go for several laps to battle Kyle Busch for lead. With less than 40 to go, an untimely warning emerged. Newman and Busch were forced to pit during the caution, despite not pitting in over 60 laps. Newman and Busch have missed their chance at the win as a result.
Newman challenged a pass at Michigan in August that Jimmie Johnson pulled at him in the final five laps of the Pure Michigan 400. After the race Jimmie and he exchanged heated words. Newman declined to comment and Johnson answered “Typical Ryan Newman things” when asked what Newman had to say. Newman beat veteran Jeff Gordon for the final wildcard spot in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup because of consistency during the season.
Newman almost won at Talladega when he was in charge of the last 10 laps. However, Newman was reduced to a fifth-place finish by a final Green-White-Checkered finish try. While his car failed post-race inspection, NASCAR did not enforce any penalties due to damage sustained during the race at Talladega.
Newman was so good that he went up each round after starting the Chase 11th in the standings, and was fourth when they came to Phoenix for the Chase’s next-to-last round.
Newman has been in danger of skipping the final round at Phoenix. Newman pulled a controversial maneuver on Kyle Larson in the final lap causing Larson to hit the wall. Newman bumped Jeff Gordon out of the Chase with finish 11th. Newman defended his action by saying he felt like he owed Larson one for a previous incident though it was accidental. Larson later agreed with the situation of Newman but admitted that he was initially furious about the transfer.
Ryan Newman almost won the Championship at Homestead but as he finished second in the race against Kevin Harvick, he finished second in the standings against Harvick. When Newman was interviewed he said he wouldn’t play dirty and wanted a clean race with Harvick. Before the final caution, Ryan Newman was in a position to win the race with a two-tyre call. Jeff Gordon pit that helped Harvick to win one row for the championship’s upcoming restart.
Newman’s No. 31 at the 2015:
Ryan Newman revealed he will extend his Richard Childress Racing contract in January 2015 and drive No. 31 again for the 2015 NASCAR Cup series season. While Newman did not win a pole in 2014, he was listed as one of the drivers eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited because NASCAR eligible all Chase drivers to participate.
Ryan Newman began his season with a Top 10 string including a 3rd place finish at Las Vegas. Although competing sixth in the late-March standings, NASCAR seized multiple tires from Newman’s team after the 2015 Auto Club 400 suspecting Newman’s team is improperly tampering with the tires. Many teams have been suspected, including Newman’s, of poking holes in the tires to allow air to spill, which provides more traction for the tires and helps a car to maintain faster pace. With a 75-point deduction, a $125,000 fine, a six-race suspension for crew chief Luke Lambert and two primary crew leaders, NASCAR penalized Newman’s team two weeks later.
Richard Childress Racing has announced they will appeal the sanctions. Both appeals were exhausted with the same outcome when the Officer of Final Appeals upheld the slightly reduced sentences including suspension. The only reason the penalties were slightly lowered was whether or not the penalties were post-race inspection penalties due to a grey area in the NASCAR rulebook.
Ryan Newman went on to make the Chase but at the end of round 2 he was disqualified. In the final standings he went on to finish 11th, one point shy of the Top 10. Jimmie Johnson beat him by a single point for 10th place.
Newman signed a multi-year contract to return in 2017 on 10 October 2016 with Richard Childress Racing. This extension was rewarded with the first win in four years for Newman and Childress with his triumph at Phoenix International Raceway in the Camping World 500.
Kyle Busch dominated the race, but a late caution caused by Joey Logano blowing down a tire with five laps to go set up a final restart. Newman decided to hold out and fought off Kyle Larson to secure the victory. The win marked the 18th victory for Newman and the 106th Cup victory for the RCR, breaking 127- and 112-race winless streaks. This was also the first victory for the No. 31 car since 2008 when Jeff Burton won Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Newman was eliminated in the first round, after finishing just 2 points behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It was announced on September 15, 2018 that Newman would not return to Richard Childress Racing 2019. Newman has barely missed the Playoffs since 2016 and finished 17th in the final standings despite ending his first full-time season for the first time in his career with zero top-five finishes.
Roush Fenway Racing (2019–present:
On September 22, 2018, it was announced that Newman would drive the No. 6 Ford Mustang GT full-time for Roush Fenway Racing starting in 2019. At the conclusion of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, Clint Bowyer chopped Newman’s nose which sent Bowyer into the wall during the cool-down lap. Following the race, Bowyer attacked Newman on pit road. Both drivers were called to the NASCAR hauler, but neither was penalized for the incident. During an autograph session at a Bass Pro Shops store on May 23, a fan brought a pair of boxing gloves for both drivers to sign. Despite not winning a race, Newman stayed consistent enough to make the 2019 playoffs. He was eliminated in the Round of 16 after multiple incidents resulted in him finishing 32nd at the Charlotte Roval. He finished 15th in the final points standings with his best finish of 2nd coming at Talladega in October after losing the lead to Ryan Blaney in a photo-finish by .007 seconds, the 6th closest finish in NASCAR history.
Newman airborne at the 2020 Daytona 500:
On February 17, 2020, when leading on the final corner of the final lap of the 2020 Daytona 500, Newman’s car was tapped in the rear by Ryan Blaney who was running second. Newman’s car veered across the track and bounced off the outside wall, rolling over onto its roof and turning the driver’s side toward the oncoming Corey LaJoie’s car.
The collision caused Newman’s car to roll over again and it slid upside down in a shower of sparks and flames across the finish line in ninth position, coming to a stop hundreds of yards away from the impact. LaJoie’s car suffered hood damage, but he appeared unhurt. It took nearly 15 minutes to extract Newman from the wreck and put him in an ambulance before he was taken to Halifax Medical Center. He sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries.
Over the next two days, RFR provided updates on Newman’s recovery, culminating in his release from the hospital on February 19, walking unaided. Ross Chastain replaced Newman in the No. 6 starting with the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas.
On February 23, a statement was released detailing Ryan Newman’s status, revealing that he suffered no broken bones but was recovering from an unspecified head injury. There was no timetable for Newman’s return to resume his seat upon his hospital release, subject to his rehabilitation. Three weeks after the crash, Newman made an appearance at the Phoenix race, stating he believed his survival was a miracle having looked at the state of the wreck afterwards. Newman would later hold an interview with the Today show on March 11th where he discussed the crash, revealing he was knocked out and sustained a bruised brain. When asked about returning to racing, he stated “as soon as I possibly can”. Newman announced on April 26 that he will return to the driver’s seat when NASCAR’s 2020 season restarts, possibly as early as May 17.
On April 27, 2020, it was announced that Newman was medically cleared to return to competition.In addition, NASCAR granted him a waiver for eligibility in the 2020 playoffs.
Ryan Newman and Krissie are married, and they have two daughters.His wife Krissie is a beautiful lady who has been supporting him throughout his career. The couple met in 2001, on a blind date.
The couple decided to get married in 2004, after dating each other for three years. Krissie has a degree in criminal law from the University of Shippensburg and is part of New Jersey. The pair: Rayman and Krissie are among NASCAR’s most adorable couples. During his races Krissie is often seen with her husband. Ashlyn and Brooklyn are proud parents of two children.
Ryan Newman’s car was featured on the cover of the 2005 NASCAR SimRacing EA Sports computer game, and has been actively involved in its development. Newman was on an American Pickers show, buying bumper cars for his family. On February 13, 2020, Newman revealed that he would “friendlyly split” with his wife Krissie. The couple added that they will remain friends, raise their daughters together and continue to run Rescue Ranch.
Ryan Newman is an automotive lover and has 14 motorcycles. He enjoys driving and working on vintage automobiles, particularly Chryslers from the 1950s. His first Victory TR-6 was a 74. His favorite car is his Buick Roadmaster convertible from 1948 which he got as a birthday present from his wife. His series can be seen on the American Pickers (Episode: “Art of the Deal”) show on the History Channel. Newman also loves fishing as he finds time during race weekends. Newman is the proud owner of Suds Hut Pub and Grille, which he and his wife and two children run.
On April 29, 2008, a half-mile section of newly re-routed Lincoln Way West (formerly US Route 20) near the South Bend Regional Airport to Newman was dedicated to the St. Joseph County, Indiana, Board of Commissioners.
Ryan Newman’s Net Worth
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Ryan Newman’s Height, Weight
Ryan Newman has a well-kept and fit-muscular body which stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.75 metres. His body weighs around 90 kg but he has not given details on measurements of his body such as his shoulders, biceps or waist. He has both brown eyes and dark brown hair colour.