Newman Hopes Success Breeds Success

Last season when the NASCAR Series visited the Chicagoland Speedway, Ryan Newman and ALLTEL Team Penske were competing in the Busch Series and earned their third pole of the season there.


“I’m looking forward to going back to Chicago,” Newman said. “The track is fast with 18 degrees of banking. It’s a lot like Michigan and as the surface gets older it should develop more racing grooves. We qualified well and raced well in the Busch Series there last year, and hopefully, we’ll be able to transfer that to our Winston Cup effort.

“We’re bringing ‘Daisy,’ which is the car that won The Winston. She’s been a really reliable car this season, even though she started out as a backup car at Darlington in March. It probably helps that I like the intermediate tracks a lot, too.”

Report Cards are In
At the halfway point in the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule ALLTEL driver Ryan Newman grades himself and his team.

“Performance as far as raceability I give us an A- because our finishes haven't reflected our race performance,” Newman said. “On reliability, I give us a C and on overall performance, a B. We’ve done well at every track, but have had errors of some sort, whether it's me punching holes in radiators or engine failures.

“We have a lot of learning to do and we knew that coming in. There have been frustrating situations where we think back and wonder if we shouldn’t have done something differently. But overall we’re not doing bad for a rookie team with high expectations.”

A Horse of a Different Color
This weekend’s Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway marks the second event of the 2002 season for the ALLTEL/Mobil 1 paint scheme. The familiar blue/black scheme will again be replaced with a red and black Mobil 1 paint scheme.

“The first time we ran this paint job we sat on the pole and broke the track record at Fontana,” Newman said. “I’m not saying it’s lucky, but one for one isn’t bad and sometimes you need all the help you can get.”

Qualifying to set the 43-car field for Sunday’s race is scheduled to begin on Friday at 3:05 p.m. CDT. The 267-lap, 400-mile race is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. CDT with live coverage on NBC TV and MRN Radio.

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