Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ryan Newman's key to Las Vegas success: 'have a car that tides good over those bumps'

Ryan Newman is 30/1 to win Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas
Ryan Newman
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Race Notes and Quotes:

This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
… Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 491 in Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is a brand new car and will take to the track for the first time on Friday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams practice and qualify at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Newman in Sin City … In 14 Sprint Cup Series events, Newman owns one pole award (2005) along with three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. His best result of fourth place came in 2012 and 2002. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12th and average finish of 17th. He’s led a total of 98 laps in competition.

Get to the Points … Newman ranks 21st in the championship point standings entering this weekend’s race event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Media Availability … Newman will be accessible to media in attendance at LVMS on Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. The media availability will be held outside the No. 31 hauler in the NSCS garage.

Meet Newman … Newman is scheduled to participate in an autograph session at the South Point Hotel & Casino on Thursday at 8 p.m. Pacific Time. On Saturday, he’s scheduled to stop by the Neon Garage stage courtesy of Coca-Cola at 10:30 a.m. PT for aquestion and answer session.

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Race Rewind … Last season, Newman started fourth. During the event’s second and final green-white-checkered-flag restart, Newman raced the Caterpillar Chevrolet from eighth to a seventh-place finish. It was the team’s second-straight top-10 finish of the season. In total, the No. 31 team earned 16 top 10s in 2014.


What are the keys to getting around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

“In Vegas the bumps in turns one and two really dictate your lap speed and how much speed you can carry off Turn 2 down the back straightaway, which is significant. I believe the key is to just have a car that rides good over those bumps, which I assume have only gotten worse not better.”

You mentioned the bumps, is that the hardest part to figure out?
“It dictates your straightaway speed on the backstretch and that is a big part of it. Keeping yourself in contention to be able to pass somebody in turns three and four is a big part of it.”

Do you have any plans to visit anything? What is your favorite thing to visit out in Vegas?
“Usually for me it’s just good food, good people. I have some friends out there. I’m not a gambler.”

Do you have any plans to stay out West?
“The only plan I have is between Phoenix and Vegas. I’m going to go snowmobiling in Utah, that’s it.”

Are you ready for three weeks out West?
“I don’t know that it is guaranteed to be warm out there, but yeah something warmer than 45 degrees would be nice.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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