Army To Back Newman

CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Newman’s strong credentials in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series just got stronger with the announcement that the U.S. Army will sponsor the reigning Daytona 500 champion and his No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in 22 point-paying Sprint Cup races in 2009, along with the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star race May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. For the remaining 14 races, the U.S. Army will serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 39, which will be owned by Tony Stewart.

“With Tony Stewart’s leadership and Ryan Newman behind the wheel, we know that the new U.S. Army NASCAR Racing team will demonstrate the same mental, emotional and physical strengths found in each Army Strong Soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Montague Winfield, commanding general U.S. Army Cadet Command. “We are confident that this team of Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman will demonstrate the same ethos that guides our Soldiers – putting the mission first, a refusal to accept defeat and a never quit attitude.”

Newman, a winner of 13 Sprint Cup races, including this year’s 50th running of the Daytona 500, will be a teammate to Stewart, the two-time Sprint Cup champion who will drive the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet in 2009.

“I am extremely honored for the opportunity to drive the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet and proud to represent the men and women who serve and protect our country,” Newman said. “The dedication, teamwork and passion of the Soldiers who defend our country is inspiring, and it will drive myself and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing to become one of the elite teams in the garage. Every time I drive the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet and this crew competes at the track, we will give it everything we have to get to victory lane.”

The partnering of the U.S. Army with Stewart-Haas Racing gives the organization strength as it prepares for its inaugural Sprint Cup season in 2009.

“There is no group of people more dedicated to service and committed to excellence than the men and women of our armed forces,” Stewart said. “We take great pride that the U.S. Army has chosen Stewart-Haas Racing as the team to lead its NASCAR effort.”

Future U.S. Army driver Newman is from South Bend, Ind., and he was the 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series national champion. He compiled quite a record in USAC before embarking on his stock car career. The Purdue University alum who graduated in 2001 with a degree in vehicle structural engineering racked up 17 USAC wins before making the move to stock cars with Penske Racing in 2000.

The learning curve was short, as Newman won three out of five ARCA RE/MAX Series races that year to begin his fast track to the elite Sprint Cup Series, where in addition to his 13 wins, he has 43 poles.

Newman and Stewart bring together a combined 57 USAC wins and 46 Sprint Cup wins, as Stewart also honed his racing skills in USAC’s Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown divisions. Both are former Raybestos Rookie of the Year winners in Sprint Cup, with Stewart claiming the honor in 1999 and Newman earning the title in 2002. Both drivers have also qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, with Newman earning a berth in the Chase’s inaugural season in 2004 and again in 2005. Stewart joined Newman in the Chase in 2004, won the championship in 2005 and returned to the Chase in 2007 and again in 2008.

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