Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ryan Newman advances to Championship with Phoenix finish of 9th or better

Ryan Newman is 30/1 to win at Phoenix on Sunday
Ryan Newman
No. 31 Caterpillar Global Mining Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Caterpillar Global Mining Chevrolet SS at Phoenix International Raceway
… Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 479 in Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Start: 5th / Finish: 7th), Chicagoland Speedway (Start: 2nd / Finish: 15th), Michigan International Speedway (Start: 12th / Finish: 11th) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Start: 4th / Finish: 11th).

Newman at the Phoenix International Raceway … In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, the South Bend, Ind., native owns one victory at PIR winning the spring event in 2010. He also owns four pole awards, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. His average start is 12.7, average finish is 18.2 and he’s led 213 laps in competition.

@CATMining … The No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet features the Caterpillar Global Mining Twitter account this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. @CatMining provides updates and information about the organization and their ongoing commitment to the mining industry. Wherever you go in the mining world, you’ll find Caterpillar. From underground coal mines in the United States to gold mines in Africa and iron ore mines in Australia, Caterpillar products are hard at work and CAT people are right there too with building and supporting products, training operators, helping customers mine more profitably and working with schools, organizations and communities. As industry leaders, Caterpillar is engaged in the mining industry at every level.

About Caterpillar … For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments – Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

#NewmanNation …When calculating points earned through the eight Chase races, Newman ranks fourth in most points earned. After Texas Motor Speedway’s late-race mishap resulting in a 15th-place finish, Newman is now third in the championship standings just two markers out of first place.

Race Rewind … Earlier this year, Newman started 15th and was scored as the leader on lap 243. He held the top spot for six circuits before pitting one final time with 60 laps to go. When he returned to the track, Newman kept up a fast pace and, with one final nine-lap dash to the finish, recorded a seventh-place finish.

Drive Home a Winner … Quicken Loans’ latest sweepstakes, “Drive Home a Winner” awards one lucky winner both a brand-new Chevrolet SS and a year’s worth of mortgage payments. The sweepstakes, open to those 18 and older, is a collaboration between General Motors and Quicken Loans. Fans can enter by visiting www.qlracing.com.


Is there any points spread that would make you feel more comfortable going into Phoenix?

“Not really, no. It’s just because anything can happen and we saw that at Texas Motor Speedway. I still look toward Phoenix as being a high potential for some really crazy restarts with the dogleg in the back. We saw the start of that at Loudon, the last couple of laps at Charlotte were pretty intense and then Texas Motor Speedway. I don’t know what the math would be, the high 30s would have been really nice.”

Why do you feel that your Caterpillar team is a threat to win the championship?
“We’ve been consistent. When you look at the points system, it’s based on wins and consistency. We don’t have the wins, but we’ve certainly had the consistency so that’s why most people consider us an underdog. It’s what they say, but it doesn’t matter to me. I am still going out there to do the best job that I can for Caterpillar, Quicken Loans, WIX Filters and Kwikset … the people who have given us this opportunity to compete and hope it will be enough to win a championship.”

Why do you think you and your team have a good chance to hoist the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway?
“Why is because I want to. How is the more difficult question to answer. Really, it’s about having fun. Luke Lambert, our entire team and the entire organization at Richard Childress Racing are doing an awesome job. We’ve all been having a lot of fun because we get to go out there and do what we love to do. It’s been a lot of fun for me, so I think it’s helped with our consistency. I think it’s helped with our performance and I think I have stepped it up. I think the guys on pit road have stepped it up, as well as the guys in the garage. We are doing better things with the tools that we have. ECR and those guys have also stepped it up.”

This is crew chief Luke Lambert’s first Chase. What are his strengths?
“He really is Cool Hand Luke. We have not yelled at each other, yet. I haven’t rattled him. We have not raised our voices to each other one single time this year. Which is really rare to find and yet, it’s easy to do. He is such a level-headed guy. I think that says a lot and is a big reason why we are consistent. It’s all about keeping that level head.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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