U.S. ARMY RACING TEAM REPORT
Round 9 of 36 - Capital City 400 - Richmond Car No.: 39 - U.S. Army Reserve Chevrolet
Teammate: Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing
Primary Team Members:
Driver: Ryan Newman Hometown: South Bend, Ind.
Crew Chief: Tony Gibson Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Car Chief: Kevin Pennell Hometown: Kannapolis, N.C.
Engine Builder: Hendrick Motorsports Headquarters: Concord, N.C.
Engine Specialist: Alan Morgan Hometown: Aberdeen, N.C.
Spotter: Jimmy Kitchens Hometown: Hueytown, Ala.
Over-The-Wall Crew Members:
Gas Man: Andy Rueger Hometown: Seymour, Ind.
Front Tire Changer: Scott Brzozowoski Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.
Second Gas Man: Mike Moore Hometown: Springfield, Mass.
Front Tire Carrier: Brad Robison Hometown: Groton, N.Y.
Windshield: Jay Guarneri Hometown: Naples, Fla.
Rear Tire Changer: Jonathan Sherman Hometown: Monroe, La.
Jackman: Andrew Turner Hometown: Coloma, Mich.
Rear Tire Carrier: James Houk Hometown: Fair Play, Mo.
Road Crew Members:
Truck Drivers: Rick Hodges and Todd Cable Hometowns: Raleigh, N.C., and Shelby, N.C., respectively
Tire Specialist: Jeff Zarrella Hometown: Southington, Conn.
Shock Specialist: Brian Holshouser Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Engineers: Johnny Klausmeier and Wes Gantt Hometowns: Perry Hall, Md., and Taylorsville, N.C., respectively
Mechanic: Shawn Warren Hometown: Concord, N.C.
Pit Support: Adam Davis Hometown: Walnut Cove, N.C.
Chassis No. 39-719:
Chassis No. 39-719 will turn its first laps on a racetrack with practice on Friday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The new chassis for Newman has been to the wind tunnel in recent weeks and will make its first start this weekend.
Richmond Notes of Interest:
• The Capital City 400 will mark Newman’s 377th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 21st career Sprint Cup start at Richmond. Newman has one win (2003), one pole, five top-five finishes and 12 top-10s in 20 starts at Richmond.
• After eight races this season, Newman is 10th in the driver standings, 63 points behind series leader Greg Biffle. In addition to his victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway four weekends ago, Newman has two top-five finishes and three top-10s.
• Newman has career totals of 16 wins, 49 poles, 83 top-five finishes and 155 top-10s in 376 Sprint Cup starts. His most recent win at Martinsville three races ago ended a winless streak of 23 races dating back to the historic July 2011 win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where Newman and his teammate Tony Stewart started 1-2 and finished 1-2, respectively.
• Newman’s only win at Richmond came in September 2003. In that race, Newman started fourth and led 125 laps en route to victory. Newman won a series-high eight races that season.
• While Newman only has one win at Richmond, he has two runner-up finishes at the Virginia short track. Both came in his rookie season in 2002.
• The South Bend, Ind., native has just one pole at Richmond. His pole-run at the .75-mile track came at the September 2004 race. Newman has 49 Sprint Cup poles, tying him for ninth on the all-time career pole list with Bobby Isaac. Newman is second among active full-time Sprint Cup drivers behind Jeff Gordon (70). Newman’s last pole came 17 races ago at New Hampshire.
• In five starts in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Richmond, Newman has two top-five finishes and three top-10s.
• Newman has competed in one International Race of Champions event at the .75-mile oval. He started 11th and finished second in the 2004 all-star race.
• Strong Runs at Richmond for No. 39: Since joining the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing team, Newman & Company has logged some strong runs and solid performances at the .75-mile oval. In six races at Richmond, the team has earned four top-10 finishes – the other two races were 11th-place and 20th-place efforts.
• Loop data shows how strong Newman has been at Richmond. In points-paying races over the past seven years, Newman’s average running position at the .75-mile oval is 11.037, which ranks fifth. Newman also ranks third in laps run in the top-15 as he has run 4,532 of 5,610 laps (80.8 percent) in the top-15. Newman’s overall driver rating is seventh.
• Short-Track Success: In addition to scoring one win already this season at Martinsville – the other Virginia short track – Newman and his No. 39 team have a history of impressive runs at the short tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit. In fact, the No. 39 has enjoyed the majority of its success on the short tracks. In 27 combined starts at the four short tracks on the Cup circuit – Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Martinsville, Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond – Newman has earned two poles (Bristol and Martinsville), two wins (Phoenix and Martinsville), seven top-five finishes and 18 top-10s.
• This weekend, Newman will pilot the No. 39 U.S. Army Reserve Chevy. As an enduring operational force, the U.S. Army Reserve is the premier force provider of America’s Citizen-Soldiers for planned and emerging missions at home and abroad. Enhanced by civilian skills that serve as a force multiplier, the Army Reserve delivers vital military capabilities essential to the Total Force.
Ryan Newman’s Richmond International Raceway Performance Profile:
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2011 Crown Royal 400 13 20 Running, 398/400 0 $112,350
Wonderful Pistachios 400 18 8 Running, 400/400 0 $121,400
2010 Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400 5 8 Running, 400/400 4 $121,129
Air Guard 400 23 11 Running, 400/400 0 $111,729
2009 Crown Royal Russ Friedman 400 10 4 Running, 400/400 45 $142,829
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 21 10 Running, 400/400 0 $112,654
2008 ×Crown Royal Dan Lowry 400 10 6 Running, 410/410 0 $137,975
† Chevy Rock & Roll 400 16 33 Running, 399/400 0 $109,075
2007 Crown Royal 400 30 6 Running, 400/400 1 $123,950
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 4 11 Running, 400/400 33 $108,675
2006 Crown Royal 400 14 8 Running, 400/400 0 $120,658
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 23 20 Running, 399/400 0 $111,733
2005 Chevy American Revolution 400 2 3 Running, 400/400 0 $162,316
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 8 12 Running, 400/400 0 $113,441
2004 Chevy American Revolution 400 2 9 Running, 400/400 9 $108,642
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 1 20 Running, 399/400 3 $110,572
2003 *Pontiac Excitement 400 5 39 Running, 277/393 24 $76,185
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 4 1 Running, 400/400 125 $160,970
2002 Pontiac Excitement 400 11 2 Running, 400/400 48 $121,950
Team Monte Carlo 400 2 2 Running, 400/400 145 $127,340
× Race length extended due to green-white-checkered finish.
† Qualifying canceled due to weather, starting position set via car owner points.
* Race cut short due to weather.