Friday, November 30, 2007

3rd Annual Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Dinner & Auction on Friday, December 7, 2007

Sponsored by Alltel Wireless and Outback Steakhouse

WHEN:  6 to 8 PM, Friday, December 7, 2007  (Tickets ordered from today until December 5th will be held at the registration table to be picked up on December 7th.  Tickets will not be mailed after today.)

WHERE:  Mooresville, North Carolina
WHAT:  Ryan and Krissie Newman invite you to enjoy a delicious Outback Steakhouse dinner, meet and mingle with NASCAR drivers and pro fisherman in the Charles Mack Citizen Center ballroom in historic downtown Mooresville, NC. Charity auction items include autographed NASCAR and fishing memorabilia, and more! 
ATTIRE:  Business Casual
TICKETS:  $100 per person; $175 per cople; $5,000 Table Sponsorship (table of 8 at a reserved table--click here for a list of additional sponsorship benefits).  Seating is limited to 175 people so we can offer our guests an intimate setting that gives everyone a chance to meet our special guests.  Register today to reserve your ticket.


DETAILS:  For more information or to register online, visit Ryan Newman Foundation Events Web Page.


AUCTION ITEMS:  Autographed Tony Stewart Fire Suit, Autographed Ryan Newman Fire Suit, Autographed Kyle Petty Fire Suit, Autographed Ryan Newman #12 Sheet Meatl, Autographed Jimmie Johnson Championship Champagne, Autographed Martin Truex, Jr. memorabilia, Autographed Regan Smith Memorabilia, Autographed John Andretti Memorabilia, Autographed Ryan Newman Simpson Driving Gloves, Autographed Ryan Newman Simpson Driving Shoes, Autographed Ryan Newman Helmet Sheild, Autographed Ryan Newman #12 Alltel, Mobil 1, and Kodak 1:24 Limited Edition Die-Cast Cars and Ball Caps, Autographed Poster and CD, Autographed Orange County Choppers Memorabilia, Autographed Sports Memorabilia, and much, much more!!!


From - The Ryan Newman Foundation

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Penske Racing Announces Organizational Changes For 2008




MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2007)  Saying goodbye to one of its longtime leaders and fortifying itself for the future, Penske Racing announced several key organizational changes for the 2008 NASCAR season on Wednesday.


Don Miller, who has served as President of Penske Racing South Inc. since its inception in 1990, is retiring from his position after nearly two successful decades at the highest levels of stock car racing. Miller, 68, has presided over 75 victories, 95 pole positions and more than $90 million in winnings for Penske Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series as well as NASCAR Busch and ARCA series events.


Penske Racing also announced Wednesday that Mike Nelson, who just completed his first season as crew chief of the No.12 Alltel Dodge driven by Ryan Newman, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. In his new role, Nelson will oversee Penskes entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, reporting to Tim Cindric, President of Penske Performance Inc.


In addition, Roy McCauley, an experienced crew chief and engineer for Penske Racing since 2002, has been named crew chief for the No. 12 Alltel team. Reuniting a winning combination, McCauley will once again be paired with Newman. The duo produced wins in six of the nine Busch Series races they competed in during the 2005 season, with McCauley serving as crew chief.


On behalf of our 39,000 employees, I want to thank Don Miller for all hes done for Penske Racing over the years, Roger Penske said. Hes been a partner and great friend and he will definitely be missed. Were looking forward to the 2008 season and were excited about the new opportunities for both Mike and Roy as they focus on the challenges ahead.


A native of Chicago who began his motorsports career as a drag racer in the 1950s, Miller has done more than just guide one of the winningest programs in racing over the last 17 years. Hes also a top designer who has been at the forefront in developing safety measures in NASCAR.

Its been a pleasure and an honor to help lead Penske Racing, Miller said. Under Rogers direction, the organization has seen tremendous growth and Im proud of all that we accomplished.


After joining Penske Racing as a data acquisition engineer in 1998, Nelson was on hand for Newman's first test with the team in April 2000, eventually becoming the first race engineer for the Alltel squad. The 34-year-old former motorcycle and motocross racer was named crew chief for the No. 12 car in December 2006.


McCauley, 37, became chief engineer for Penske Racings NASCAR operation in December 2002. After heading up the organizations driver development team, he teamed with Newman for a successful Busch Series run in 05. McCauley became crew chief for the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge driven by Kurt Busch for the 2006 season, capturing a win at Bristol. McCauley began 07 in the same role before Pat Tryson took control of the team at mid-season after McCauley stepped aside due to his wifes illness.


Both Mike and Roy have worked hard to advance in the Penske Racing organization and they are a testament to our process of promoting from within, Cindric commented. We are looking to build on the strong performances we achieved in the second half of 2007 and we feel that both Mike and Roy are in the right positions to help us get to where we want to be.


Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have 295 major race wins and 21 National Championships. The team will field three entries in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge driven by 2004 NASCAR Cup Champion, Kurt Busch; the No. 12 Alltel Dodge with Ryan Newman at the wheel; and the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge with former Indianapolis 500 and three-time IndyCar Series Champion, Sam Hornish, Jr., making his full-season stock car racing debut.


Dodge makes switch to Charger as its COT model

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Dodge has confirmed that it will race the Charger in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008 and beyond, continuing to add to its rich NASCAR tradition. The Avenger had been used as the make's Car of Tomorrow model in 2007.


Dodge has elected to continue the winning tradition that legends David Pearson, Bobby Isaac and Richard Petty established in the 1970s by designating the Charger as the nameplate Dodge teams will use in the Sprint Cup Series next year.


"Racing is the core of Dodge's DNA," said Michael Accavitti, the director of Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing. "Dodge has a racing heritage that spans many different nameplates and models, and the Charger is the cornerstone of that heritage.


"When NASCAR originally announced the phase-in plan for the Car of Tomorrow, it made sense for Dodge to race the Charger and Avenger. When the decision was made to race only one car next year, we talked with our partners, the more than 2,500 Dodge Dealers across the country, and they expressed overwhelming support for Dodge to continue its motorsports heritage with the Charger nameplate.


"Since 2001 when Dodge returned to NASCAR," he added, "the goal has been to win races and ultimately the championship. Those goals have been accomplished with the Charger previously and we are committed to make it happen again."


The 2008 Dodge Charger lineup will feature five teams with 12 drivers that are a mixture of seasoned veterans, experienced young talent and champions from other racing series that are newcomers to NASCAR.

2nd Annual Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Fishing Tournament on Saturday, December 8, 2007


Due to the large amount of interest in our 2nd Annual Charity Fishing Tourney, we have extended the online registration until midnight on Friday, November 30th! Registration has been expanded to 250 teams this year. Guarantee your spot today by registering online. To register online with a credit card, click here.
Note:  FLW Outdoors will take walk-in registrations at the mandatory team check-in, which will be held at the Charles Mack Citzien Center in Mooresville, NC from 2 to 4:30 PM on Friday, December 7 at the late registration fee rates.  However, registration is first-come, first-serve, and if the tournament sells out before December 7th, fisherman will be turned away.  To guarantee your spot, register online today.


Ryan Newman, driver of Penske Racing's #12 Alltel Dodge, is inviting NASCAR fans and fisherman to join him and fellow NASCAR drivers Martin Truex, Jr. and Regan Smith, professional bass angler Kevin Van Dam, and Two Foot Fred from the Musik Mafia at the second annual Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Fishing Tournament sponsored by Ranger Boats on Saturday, December 8, 2007at Queen's Landing on Lake Norman in Mooresville , NC . 


Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Bass Tournament   Sponsored by Ranger Boats

WHEN:  7:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Saturday, December 8, 2007
WHEREQueen's Landing on Lake Norman in Mooresville, North Carolina
TICKETS:  Late Registration (after November 8) $200 per team; Big Fish Contest ($40 per team); Raffle Ticket ($5 per ticket)
To register online with a credit card, click here.

To register by mail with a check, visit Ryan Newman Foundation Events Web Page to download the registration form.
Bass Tournament (total weight - 5 fish per team); only largemouth and spotted bass may be weighed; minimum 14" length; only artificial lures are permitted. Complete rules will be mailed after pre-registration is processed.  The tournament will be facilitated by FLW Outdoors.
  • Grand Prize is a 198VX Ranger Boat with a 200 HP Evinrude engine, Minn-Kota Maxxum 80 trolling motor, Humminbird 767 depth finder and single axle trailer (valued at $38,000)!   Other prizes include cash, trolling motors, GPS systems, depth finders, rods/reels, Alltel Wireless phones, Solar Batsunglasses, digital cameras & more!
  • Raffle Prizes includes items from Evinrude, Ranger Boats, FLW Outdoors, Mobil 1, Alltel, Dick's Sporting Goods, NASCAR Memorabilia, Bill Dance Memorabilia, #12 Ryan Newman tee-shirts, die-cast cars, and more!  Buy your raffle tickets today online with a credit card or bring cash to the tournament team-check in.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Great Season for the Alltel Pit Crew

New Ryan Newman Crew Chief Update


The Following is an update from  McCaulley will be taking over the crew chief position for the #12 Alltel Dodge.
McCually was Kurt Busch's Crew Chief for the 2006 season and the beginning of the 2007 season.  He had to take a leave of abscence in April of 2007 to care for his wife who is battling leukemia.  I don't know what his wife's status is.
Ryan Newman and Roy McCaulley have worked together before.  McCaulley was Newman's Busch series Crew Chief in 2006 when Newman won 6 out of nine of the Busch Series races that he competed in.
That alone gives me a little better feeling about the 2008 season with a new crew chief.  Forget the wins, just the fact that they have worked together before.  Then fact that they had great success is a huge plus.
McCaulley's bio is below in the Penske write up.

Roy McCauley is making a comeback as a crew chief, heading up Sam Hornish Jr.'s effort in the No. 06 Penske Truck Rental Dodge.


McCauley, who was previously the Miller Lite team¿s crew chief, became chief engineer of Penske Racing's NASCAR operation in December 2002. He also served as the crew chief for the organization's driver development team. In 2004, he oversaw the team that fielded a NEXTEL Cup car in four races one for Chad Blount and three for Travis Kvapil. In 2005, McCauley directed the Busch Series team that won six of the nine races in which it competed with driver Ryan Newman. He also was the crew chief for Kvapil's ARCA victory at Pocono.


McCauley says it was competition that attracted him to racing.


We could race shopping carts and I would still be a part of it, says McCauley, who was born March 10, 1970.


Even though McCauley didn't work in racing until he was an adult, his family was involved in the sport from the time he was an infant. McCauley¿s father, Kirk, raced in Late Model Sportsman and Late Model Stock events at short tracks in Maryland and Virginia in the late 1960s and early 70s. He then leased and operated the speedway in Beltsville, Md., from the mid to late 1970s.


McCauley graduated from the University of Maryland in 1992 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He entered racing in 1993 in the open-wheel ranks as a design engineer with Pat Patrick Racing. McCauley remained with the Indianapolis-based team for four years before moving to PacWest in 1998.


McCauley left PacWest and moved to PPI Motorsports as the race engineer in 2000 when PPI owner Cal Wells began fielding a team in NASCAR's Cup division.


Two years later McCauley joined Penske Racing's NASCAR operation as its head engineer. While serving in that capacity, McCauley oversaw a 17-person department that included 11 engineers, and was responsible for all of the operation's design work, aerodynamic and chassis development, component design, and simulation development.


McCauley and wife Amy reside in Sherrills Ford, N.C.

UPDATE: been told that Mike Nelson will be in the front office overseeing the Cup side of the business and Roy McCaulley will be Ryan Newman's crew chief, and Matt Gimbel will be the interim crew chief for #77 Sam Horish Jr. until a permanent crew chief is chosen, then he will be the race engineer for #77 team. Also, been told that Penske Racing's Don Miller will retire.(11-27-2007)