Despite being handed his walking papers from Hendrick Motorsports when the team announced at the end of June that Casey Mears would no longer be the driver of the no. 5 car in 2009, it’s not exactly the end of world for Mears. Really, if it had to happen, it couldn’t have happened in a better year with seats still remaining open at Richard Childress Racing, Penske Racing, and technically, even Stewart-Haas Racing for next season.
With Roger Penske and Ryan Newman recently announcing their split at the end of the year, the no. 12 ride at Penske has now become …read more
It’s no huge secret that Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace were never exactly the closest of friends during the few short years that they teamed together at Penske Racing earlier this decade, and their relationship was again tested this past weekend at Indianapolis, and it was Rusty that fired the opening shots.
Baffled at the notion that anyone would ever dare leave a man that he has such deep respect for, Roger Penske and his organization, Rusty allegated that it was Penske Racing’s decision to let Newman go and that they’d fired him.
“He didn’t leave,” Wallace stated. “I’ve read many, many …read more
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It came as very little surprise to most fans when Roger Penske announced on Monday afternoon that Penske Racing and Ryan Newman were unable to come to terms in their ongoing contract negotiations, and that Newman would be leaving the team following the completion of the 2008 NASCAR season.
Newman currently sits 16th in points and has been slowly working his way down the points standings ever since winning the season-opening Daytona 500 back in February, which also marks the only victory for the no. 12 team since the end of 2005. Still, with …read more
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With the Sprint Cup Series now just one week away from reaching the official halfway marker of 2008, DYN is going to take a look at the 5 most disappointing teams and drivers in the series so far this year:
5. Ryan Newman – no. 12 car – Penske Racing – After missing out on the Chase for the Cup playoffs in each of the past two seasons, Newman came into 2008 – his contract year with Penske – with high hopes of finding some of the magic that he and the no. 12 team had a little …read more
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They added an extra scheduled lap this year to the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, but it was all for naught as the race was halted for rain on lap 284 of the scheduled 301-lap event, and in the end, it was surprise-winner Kurt Busch standing in Victory Lane to get his first victory of the season, and the second of 2008 for car owner, Roger Penske. Busch was far from the dominant car at any point throughout the day, but some pit strategy and a little bit of luck went a long …read more
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Utter heartbreak and sheer disappointment. That’s the best way to describe Kurt Busch’s career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ever since younger brother, Kyle, joined the circuit full-time for Hendrick Motorsports back in 2005 … well, I guess you could throw subtle envy into that equation as well. Since then, it just seems as though the seasons have been getting longer and tougher for the 2004 Cup Series champ.
Okay, so maybe it has less to do with Kyle and more to do with Kurt’s jump from Roush-Fenway Racing over to Penske Racing, but …read more
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Several rumors have been floating around the internet this week ever since the Los Angeles Times printed an article that two-time winner of the Indy 500 and the recent subject of Dancing With the Stars, Helio Castroneves, stated this past Monday that he had indeed thought about one day trying his hand at the realm of the stock car world, and that he and car owner, Roger Penske, would talk after this weekend’s Indianapolis 500.
On Wednesday, Castroneves refuted the allegations, claiming that the LA Times took his comments out of context, and that …read more
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Sprint Cup Series driver, Ryan Newman, started the 2008 season off in grand fashion by winning the race of all races, the Daytona 500. Things couldn’t be better for Newman at the time. He was leading the Sprint Cup standings for the first time in his career, he’d bolstered the public perception of how well he and teammate, Kurt Busch, could work together after Busch gave him that huge push to win the race, and he’d forever solidified his name in the walls of Penske Racing by giving Roger his first-ever restrictor plate …read more
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Rumors are once more rearing their head in the NASCAR garage area, and once again the center of attention is NASCAR’s most controversial driver, non-other than Tony Stewart – or, the man we’ve come to know as “Smoke”.
It’s become public knowledge that Tony’s contract with Joe Gibbs Racing expires at the end of 2008, but when posed with the question as to whether or not he had any interest in driving RCR’s newly added no. 33 Chevy Impala next year, Stewart implied that he was quite happy at JGR and had no intention …read more
It feels like NASCAR has already put us on one heck of a roller coaster ride just three weeks into the young 2008 Sprint Cup season, and a very large part of that has to do with the constant revolving door of individual media attention that’s been given to specific drivers. With the exception of those few controversial stories that we’ve run into – ie, Robby Gordon’s Daytona penalty – it seems that for the last four weeks the media frenzy has been focused solely on one individual driver, and it’s been a different driver each week.
The week heading into …read more