Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Penske - Noting Newman Aug. 28, 2007

-- Ryan Newman will make his 10th start at California Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series and the 213th of his Cup Series career.

-- Newman has an average start of 11.7 and an average finish of 17.3 at California. Newman has one Bud Pole Award and three other top-10 starts, including a top-five in 2003. Newman has three top-10 finishes, including a career-best third-place in April 2004.

-- Newman has led three races for a total of seven laps. He has completed 2,035 laps of a possible 2,255 for a 90.2 percent completion rate.

-- Newman and Kodak have scheduled a press conference for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the drivers' meeting room at California Speedway.

-- The Alltel team will participate in the Sept. 10-11 NASCAR COT test at Talladega Superspeedway.

-- On Sept. 15, Newman and his Mobil 1 team will visit the St. Charles Children's Home in Rochester, N.H.

-- Newman and wife Krissie will have a "Pit Road Pets" book signing for Meaty Bone at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 6.

-- The Ryan Newman Fan Club Appreciation Day will be Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at Penske Racing before Newman competes in a Late Model Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

-- Crew chief Mike Nelson and the Kodak team are taking chassis PRS-108 to California as its primary car for the Sharp AQUOS 500. It was raced at Chicago in July and at Michigan in August. The backup car is PRS-071, which was raced at Charlotte in May and Michigan in June.


Newman on California: "It's getting down to the last couple of races to make it into the Chase and we need to have two more good runs in order to qualify this year. We're working hard on our end, but all we can do is wait and see what happens."

-- Newman, driver of the No. 12 Kodak Charger, will make his second Busch Series start at California Speedway and his 37th in the series Saturday in the Camping World 300 presented by

-- In Newman's only Busch start at California, he started second and finished second. He led 15 laps in that event and completed 150 laps of a possible 150, giving him a 100 percent completion rate.

-- In addition to California, Newman will compete in the Richmond Busch race next week in the No. 12 Kodak Dodge. Those are his final Busch Series races this year.

Newman on California: "Our only other Busch race at California went really well. We qualified second and finished second and it was a great effort by our team. Last weekend, in Bristol, we had a great time and we tried a strategy that almost got us a win, but we just didn¿t have enough left at the end. We were racing for the win, not points, and it was a great time. I had a lot of fun and I look forward to doing the same thing this weekend in California.

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