Ryan Newman Biography
Ryan Newman is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 6 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. He currently tied for the longest-tenured active driver in the Cup Series with Kurt Busch – having made their first start in 2000.
Newman made his racing debut in 1993 in the United Midget Auto Racing Association and the All-American Midget Series, winning both Rookie of the Year and the championship. His 100 feature wins and two titles have him in the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame. Moving to USAC in 1995 running the C.E. Lewis No. 39 Drinan Chassis powered Brayton Motor, he was ROTY again in both the Midget Series and the Silver Crown in 1996. In 1999, he was the first driver to win in all three divisions while being the Silver Bullet Series champion in the No. 14 Beast Chassis-powered Chevy.
Newman began driving for racing icon Roger Penske in 2000, in order to transition to stock car racing. Newman ran the No. 27 Alltel-sponsored Ford for Penske Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Newman won three of the five ARCA races he entered and made his Winston Cup debut at Phoenix International Raceway in the No. 02 Alltel-sponsored Ford for Penske.
In 2001, Penske planned for Newman to run at least 23 combined events in both ARCA and NASCAR, while Newman attended Purdue University. In addition to five ARCA events, Newman ran 15 Busch Series races that season, winning poles in his second and third career starts and scoring his first career win at Michigan International Speedway in just his 9th career start. He also had a series-high six poles. Around this time he would meet racing legend Buddy Baker, who would eventually become his mentor on superspeedways.
Newman made his Busch Series debut on February 24, 2001, at Rockingham in the Alltel 200. He started second and finished ninth; it was his first of fifteen appearances in the 2001 season, where he finished with one win and eight Top 10 finishes.
He joined Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports for the 2009 campaign as the driver of the No. 5 Chevy, signing on for four appearances for the year. In May 2010, Newman was hired to drive the No. 1 car for Phoenix Racing at Dover. In 2011, Newman drove the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports at Phoenix International Raceway.
Camping World Truck Series
Newman made his Truck Series debut on October 25, 2008, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, starting 10th in the 33 truck field driving Kevin Harvick’s No. 2 Truck and passed his teammate Ron Hornaday with less than five laps to go to pick up his first truck series win in his first start making him the first driver to get their first Truck win at Atlanta and becoming the fourth driver to win in their first Truck race and joining the list of drivers who have won in all three of NASCAR’s top series.
Ryan Newman made his Truck Series return on July 24, 2013, at the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, and finished third. In 2015, Newman made his return to the Truck Series at Kansas, replacing Joe Nemechek to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado where he finished 2nd. On July 10, 2018, Jordan Anderson Racing announced that Ryan Newman would drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Eldora. He would qualify 10th but would fall 4 laps down, finishing in 30th.
Newman was born on December 8, 1977, in South Bend, Indiana. Ryan Newman graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a B.S. in engineering. He has a sister, Jamie. Newman is married to Krissie, and they have two daughters. Newman’s car was featured on the cover of the 2005 EA Sports computer game NASCAR SimRacing, and he was actively involved in its development.
Newman was on an episode of American Pickers, buying bumper cars for his children. On February 13, 2020, Newman announced that he and his wife Krissie would “amicably separate.” The couple added that they will remain friends, raise their daughters together, and continue to run Rescue Ranch.
Ryan Newman and his wife, Krissie, operate Rescue Ranch, whose mission is to promote, through its education, respect for all animals, as well as agricultural, environmental, and wildlife conservation; and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue, and responsible pet ownership in order to enhance the human-animal bond. The Newmans themselves have rescued and cared for five dogs: Socks, Dunkin, Fred, Jasmine, and Hollow. They are also the proud owners of an orange feline whom they named Benjamin Ries-Roncalli after the famous ex-driver. Ryan Newman helped fund the construction of the Catawba County, North Carolina Humane Society shelter, in the county where he once lived.
Ryan Newman is a car enthusiast and owns 14 cars. He enjoys driving and working on vintage cars, particularly 1950s Chryslers. His first car was a 74 Triumph TR-6. His favorite car is his 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible he received from his wife as a birthday gift. His collection can be viewed on the History Channel show American Pickers (Episode: “Art of the Deal”). Ryan Newman also enjoys fishing when he finds time during race weekends. Newman is the proud owner of Suds Hut Pub and Grille, which he operates with his wife and two kids.
Ryan Newman Net Worth
Ryan Newman has an estimated net worth of $50 million, and what he chooses to do with his millions is nothing short of admirable. Not only does Newman give back to the military, but he also helps operate the Ryan Newman Foundation and the Rescue Ranch, which helps with pet adoption and rehabilitation.
On February 13, 2020, just four days before his crash at the Daytona 500, Ryan and his wife of 16 years, Krissie, announced that they would be amicably separating.
- Full Name: Ryan Joseph Newman
- Date of Birth: December 8, 1977
- Age: 43 years
- Birth Place: South Bend, Indiana
- Achievements: 1999 United States Auto Club Silver Crown Series Champion, 2008 Daytona 500 winner, 2013 Brickyard 400 winner, 2002 The Winston Winner
- Awards: 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year, 2003 Driver of the Year
- Car no., team: No. 6 (Roush Fenway Racing)
- 2018 position: 111th
- 2019 position: 15th
- Spouse: Krissie Newman (m. 2004)
- 2012 position: 127th
- Net Worth: $50 million
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