|Indiana native Ryan Newman currently sits 12th in points.|
Newman at the Brickyard … Newman will make his 532nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when the series competes at the 2.5-mile speedway this weekend. He scored the victory in 2013 at this prestigious event after starting from the pole and leading 45 of the 160 laps scheduled. In total, the “Rocket Man” owns two top-five and three top-10 finishes in 15 starts. The South Bend, Ind., native has led 59 laps in competition and has an average start of 9.5 and average finish of 16.8.
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See Newman … On Sunday, the No. 31 driver is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session at the Team Chevy display at 12:25 p.m. located in the infield midway.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What makes Indianapolis Motor Speedway so unique?
“It’s the Brickyard. It’s the history of motorsports in America. It’s that yard of bricks. It’s a special place when you think about everyone who’s been there associated with F1, IndyCars, motorcycles and NASCAR. It’s unique because of the four corners, the long straightaways and the flatness. To me, it’s just unique in so many ways. It’s a fun place to drive and yet, it’s quite a challenge at the same time.”
What is the key to success at Indy?
“The key to success at Indy is actually two things and that’s downforce and horsepower. The rest of it is all about fine tuning those things.”
What is the hardest thing or place on the track to figure out?
“For me, it’s the last mile. It’s the fourth corner. You can hit three of them and then you have to hit the last one. The workload is twice as much at Indianapolis as it is at any other track to get the ideal lap. You have to hit all four corners right and each corner has an entry, middle and exit. Your workload is twice as much and the expectations are just as high.”
What was it like to win Indy?
“It was one of the greatest moments of my racing career to win the Brickyard and to have my family there. It was something to win it the way we did just a week after I got fired. We won the pole and the race. It was a storybook ending to an unpublished novel.”
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