There’s perhaps no place where Ryan Newman feels more at home than behind the wheel of his racecar.
Since the age of 4, Newman has been putting on a helmet and going in circles. And while the types of racecars have changed and the racetracks have gotten bigger through the years, there’s no doubt the South Bend, Ind., native is most comfortable strapped into the driver’s seat.
As Newman embarks on his 12th full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his fifth with Stewart-Haas Racing, he has another reason to feel right at home as the driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS.
This season, the crew chief Newman started his stock car racing career with in 2000 – Matt Borland – will once again be calling the shots from atop his pit box.
The pairing of engineering majors – Newman a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and Borland a graduate of the General Motors Institute of Technology in Flint, Mich. – were reunited for the final four races of the 2012 seaso...