Ryan Newman recently participated in a NASCAR weekly teleconference, during which he talked about the future, in regards to possible rules changes for next year and his 2014 move to Richard Childress Racing, among other things. He also t...
Ryan Newman recently participated in a NASCAR weekly teleconference, during which he talked about the future, in regards to possible rules changes for next year and his 2014 move to Richard Childress Racing, among other things. He also talked about what he enjoys doing in his spare time. Here’s a transcript:
Q. I was curious as far as the NASCAR test on Monday, what do you hope they look at? We’ve heard a lot about no ride height rules. Would you like to see that implemented?
RYAN NEWMAN: I mean, I don’t know if — you’re talking about the Martinsville test or are you talking about a different test? Charlotte test?
Q. I’m talking about the Charlotte test this Monday that’s on the 2014 rules that they’re looking at for the 2014 rules package.
RYAN NEWMAN: Yeah, I mean, I don’t know how to answer that or what to say. It seems like they’re very complimentary of the product that they have. They talk about how great it is and the racing and everything else, and then it seems like we can’t just keep things the way that they are for more than one year, more than six months at different times. The whole ride height rule, that doesn’t — I think there’s two different ways of looking at it. Do we change the car or do we change how we work the car. The ride height rule being work the car. We’ll see what comes out of it. I guess it’s good to be proactive and test, but I think that ultimately all that we need to do is take some downforce all these race cars, and I think it’ll help the end product.
Q. Do you have any update for us as far as who your crew chief will be next year, and do you know is RCR anywhere close to knowing who they will be?
RYAN NEWMAN: Honestly I don’t know that they have announced it. I think I know what’s going on but I don’t know that they’ve announced it 100 percent. With that in mind, I’d rather not answer. But I don’t want to — I think everybody knows but I don’t want to say.
Q. Kind of along those lines, knowing that the Chase hasn’t really panned out the way you expected, are you starting to look ahead to next year knowing that the championship this year appears to be out of reach? Are you starting to focus more on the RCR side?
RYAN NEWMAN: No, not at all. Entirely 100 percent focused on 2013 and having an opportunity. I mean, there’s a sixth of the season still left. We have a lot of great opportunities, a lot of good racetracks to go to. We’re mathematically a long ways out, but we’re mathematically not out of it. Realistically, yeah, it’s going to be a challenge, but we can move up. We can do good for our sponsors and ourselves and prove that, as I said before several times, Indianapolis was a great weekend for us, and we need to show that we can duplicate that again.
Q. There have been some other drivers such as Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth the last couple years that have elected to kind of draw a line there of demarcation which they don’t cross and they don’t go to the other team’s shop. Are you doing the same thing? Or are you starting to at least touch base with them every once in a while?
RYAN NEWMAN: It’s more of a touching base. It’s not about sharing ideas or anything else. It’s more about getting things lined up, making sure that we have seats and seatbelts and helmets and all those things getting in order. The second part of that is photo shoots and things like that are still starting and always do start this time of year, so I’ve actually done one photo shoot with them already. I’ve been to the shop, but there’s no — no reason not to. I’m not sure what Kevin Harvick is doing with SHR right now or anything else. We do what common sense has to happen. The engineering side, the strategy side, the performance side of that, none of that’s even at all in con